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

One million electronic referrals in Canterbury

Other News20 February 2017

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says Canterbury clinicians have achieved one million electronic referrals – ensuring patients receive more timely care. The South Island’s Electronic Request Management System enables general practice teams to submit requests for specialist advice direct to a secure database of over 700 specialists. “It’s a great achievement that Canterbury clinicians have reached the one million mark for eReferrals. “The eReferrals system, which was first launched in Canterbury in 2009, plays a key role in bringing care closer …

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Patient portal use nears 300,000 milestone

Other News17 February 2017

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says patient portal usage continues to grow with over 297,000 New Zealanders now registered to use a portal. “Patient portals are convenient, secure and real time savers for both patients and general practice staff,” says Dr Coleman. “Portals enable patients to access their personal health information whenever they need it. Patients can book appointments, request repeat prescriptions, and message staff securely from their laptop or smartphone. “It’s great to see the number of patient portal users …

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Mr Andrew Connolly again re-elected chairperson of the Medical Council of New Zealand

Other News16 February 2017

Mr Andrew Connolly was yesterday again re-elected chairperson of the Medical Council of New Zealand. At the Council’s first meeting of the year, Mr Connolly was unanimously elected chairperson of Council for another 12 months. Appointed to the Council in November 2009, Mr Connolly was elected deputy chair of Council in February 2012 and was first elected chairperson of Council in February 2014. Mr Connolly is a general and colorectal surgeon, employed fulltime at Counties Manukau District Health Board. Council …

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Advisory: Striking visual protest to mark launch of new health coalition

Other News15 February 2017

Two hundred life-size cutouts of health workers will mark the launch of a new coalition for a fully-funded health system, The community-health workforce coalition will begin their campaign outside Greenlane Hospital at 214 Green Lane West Road, Epsom, Auckland at 4pm , Wednesday 15 February. Each of the cut-outs represents 100 staff missing due to the National Government’s underfunding of the health system. The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) estimates the Government has underfunded health by more than …

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Record $1.14 billion paid in health insurance claims

Other News14 February 2017

There’s been a surge of people taking out health insurance, and it’s not been driven by the sale of bargain basement “minor medical” policies targeted at the young. The Health Funds Association says 20,000 people took out health cover last year, the strongest growth in a decade, taking the number of Kiwis covered to 1.36 million. But the demand was not for the minor medical policies which cover little more than cover GP visits, and other day-to-day expenses, said Health Funds’ chief …

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