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.

ACA adding billions to health care bureaucratic waste: study

Other News 28 May 2015
Affordable Care Act

In the United States, a study just published says the Affordable Care Act (ACA) there will add more than a quarter of a trillion dollars to the already very high administrative costs of US health care through to 2022.  The website Physicians For A National Health Program (PNHP) says the study authors – Drs David U. Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler – calculated yearly estimates for private insurance overheads and government programme administration costs both with, and without, the effects of …

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Northland medical officer of health back from Sierra Leone

Other News 28 May 2015

Dr Clair Mills is used to tending to emergency medicine and disease on a global scale and also dealing with serious public health issues in one of New Zealand’s most economically strained and disadvantaged areas.  She has previously been on several missions in Africa and some of the world hotspots for Médecins Sans Frontières.  Earlier this year she worked in Sierra Leone with medical teams treating Ebola patients, and she talked to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to …

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Hawke’s Bay DHB becomes first to decline national food contract

Other News 28 May 2015
Food service contract

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has become the first to refuse to join a national food service being offered by Crown-owned company Health Benefits Limited (HBL).  HBL was set up in 2010 to save money by combining the purchasing power of health boards and negotiating single contracts with suppliers.  At the DHB’s Board meeting, staff told the Board there were concerns about the business case, that it might jeopardise food quality, offered little financial benefit, would have a negative impact …

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Health target results – ED wait times achieved

Other News 27 May 2015

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show the shorter stays in emergency departments target has been met for the first time.  “Across the country over 250,000 New Zealanders were admitted, discharged or transferred from an emergency department within six hours.”  His full media release can be read here.

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  • ASMS Directs

Executive Direct – Issue 2015-2

26 May 2015

This is the second issue for 2015 of our electronic publication, Executive Direct, to report to members on National Executive news. It is sent to members after each Executive meeting. This Direct reports on the Executive meeting held on 7 May: next year’s national DHB MECA negotiations; ASMS National Secretary; national office appointments; further Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement actions; membership growth; national workshop for ASMS Branch Presidents and Vice Presidents; Medical Students Association; research project to measure unmet health need; Ministry of Health reviews – inflexible time frame; RDA initiative on sexual harassment, bullying and inappropriate behaviour; collective bargaining with non-DHB employers; defining acceptable minimum standards in services and departments; other matters.

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ASMS Direct – Issue No. 2015-7

27 May 2015

We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 7th issue for 2015 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This ASMS Direct reports Government figures mask true extent of medical workforce need; Laboratories decision a major blow for clinical leadership; Budget fails to invest in health workforce to deliver health care needed; Clause 17.1 of DHB MECA – employer subsidy for your superannuation; ASMS homepage news items.

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  • Publications



Welcome to the ASMS video page.  Here you’ll find a selection of video interviews with people who have played pivotal roles with the ASMS, as well as videos of conference addresses and other significant presentations.

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Prof Martin McKee to Northland DHB
ASMS Annual Conferences and Events

2014 Annual Conference
25th Anniversary Conference

Past Presidents and Life Members
ASMS History and Recollections

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Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)
How the secret TPPA deal could keep the cost of …

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