News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

NZMA Supports Gps Right To Charge

The New Zealand Medical Association supports GPs who wish to charge a co-payment for treating children aged under six. "This is unavoidable with the current subsidy level, and we appreciate that it may cause difficulties for some families," said NZMA Chairman Dr John Adams.

Children under six receive a subsidy of $32.50 for each GP visit.

"GPs have been very supportive of the aims of the under-sixes subsidy," said Dr Adams. "But many GPs are now finding that they are also personally subsidising under-sixes visits to the doctor because the subsidy has not kept pace with increasing costs."

"Although the under-sixes subsidy was promoted as providing 'free' GP visits, it has never been free in the sense that treatment at a public hospital is free," Dr Adams explained.

GPs have always been permitted to set a fee and charge a co-payment, if necessary, for under sixes. When the subsidy was set by the Government in 1997, it was at a level that GPs were prepared to accept without charging a co-payment. Since then the subsidy has not increased, but general practice costs have.

"Many GPs now feel they must charge a co-payment, otherwise they will be losing more money each time they treat a child," Dr Adams said. "After all, it costs the same for a GP to treat a child as it does to treat an adult.

"If the subsidy is not increased, then undoubtedly more and more GPs will start charging."

It's important to remember that the vast majority of general practices are private businesses. The doctors who own those businesses must cover their costs (including staff wages, rents and equipment) before paying their own salary. In the main, GPs' incomes have fallen in real terms over recent years.

ENDS




© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis:
Entre-Deux-Guerres - Aldous Huxley's Crome Yellow - Pt I

Aldous Huxley's first novel, published in 1921, is a desiderium of a peculiarly English class of aristocrats and intellectuals who lived in an era that withered away a century ago. More>>


Joseph Cederwall: WOMAD - Love Will Lead Us Home

The events of Friday, moments before the gates opened cast an entirely different shadow over the festival and highlight the importance of such events as a way of growing closer together. More>>

Howard Davis: The Puzzling Poetic Praxis of J.H. Prynne - Pt II

Given the historical and socio-cultural context from which Prynne's poetry emerged, a panoptical perspective on what his poems might be trying to say is indispensable to its comprehension. With some sequences this can be an exceptionally demanding challenge, requiring a great deal of perseverance, concentration, and endurance. More>>

Truth And Beauty: 2019 Ockham Book Award Finalists

The Cage by Lloyd Jones, This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman, All This By Chance by Vincent O’Sullivan, and The New Ships by Kate Duignan are shortlisted for the $53,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize. More>>

ALSO:

Measles: Two Measles Cases Notified In Auckland

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is asking people who may have been exposed to measles in three public locations to be alert to symptoms. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland