Working for better health care in New Zealand

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.

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Free GP visits and prescriptions for under-13s

Other News1 July 2015

From today all New Zealand children aged under 13 will be eligible to access free GP visits at any time of the day or night seven days a week, as well as free prescriptions, says Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.   He says that of the 1012 general practices in the country, 96% have opted in for free medical appointments, covering 98% of children aged under 13.  The full media release is available here.

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IBM computer brain

Watson, the computer that’s tackling cancer

Other News1 July 2015

Watson, the computer brain of gameshow fame, is now training to be the world’s first artificial intelligence expert in cancer, reports The Washington Post.  The idea is to use Watson’s increasingly sophisticated artificial intelligence to find personalised treatments for every cancer patient by comparing disease and treatment histories, genetic data, scans and symptoms against the vast universe of medical knowledge.  Such precision targeting is possible to a limited extent but it can take weeks of dedicated sleuthing by a team …

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physicians and torture

World Medical Association celebrates landmark declaration on torture

Other News29 June 2015

The World Medical Association (WMA) has celebrated the 40th anniversary of a landmark declaration by the medical profession against physicians’ involvement in torture, and says the celebrations occurred on the eve of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.  WMA President Dr Xavier Deau says the declaration set out clear guidance that “the physician shall not countenance, condone or participate in the practice of torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading procedures, whatever the …

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