ASMS

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.

Medical Mystery: Something Happened to U.S. Health Spending After 1980

Other News18 May 2018

The United States devotes a lot more of its economic resources to health care than any other nation, and yet its health care outcomes aren’t better for it. That hasn’t always been the case. America was in the realm of other countries in per-capita health spending through about 1980. Then it diverged. It’s the same story with health spending as a fraction of gross domestic product. Likewise, life expectancy. In …

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PPPs? Not really partnerships, and certainly not the solution

Other News18 May 2018

The label public-private partnership is a misnomer for approaches that are ill-suited to solve the problems in our public sector, writes Glenn Barclay, national secretary of the NZ Public Service Association A partnership of equals is a truly beautiful thing. Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. Thelma and Louise. It implies complementary skills, an indivisible pairing, the whole being more than the sum of its parts. It does not call to mind the uneasy marriage between …

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Some Budget relief for public health in sight but a lot more needed

ASMS News17 May 2018

“The Government’s health budget revealed today offers some relief to the cash-strapped public health system but clearly much more will be required to reverse years of under-resourcing,” says Lyndon Keene, Director of Policy and Research at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “It’s a positive first step, however, and senior doctors and dentists will particularly welcome the Government’s acknowledgement of the burden they and other health professionals have been carrying during years of under-funding, workforce shortages, and increased workloads.” …

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Health named ‘top priority’ in Budget with access to primary care extended

Other News17 May 2018

The Government has made significant moves in today’s Budget to increase access to primary care – extending free GP visits and prescriptions to under-14-year-olds, and greatly increasing the use of the Community Services Card to access VLCA services. Free GP visits will be extended to another 56,000 children, at a cost of an extra $22 million over four years, as part of the Government’s coalition agreement with New Zealand First. Eligibility for the CSC will be extended to all Housing …

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Fingers crossed for the budget our public hospitals desperately need, say senior doctors

ASMS News15 May 2018

“Public hospital specialists are desperately hoping the first Budget from the new coalition government will make a real difference to waiting lists, high levels of unmet health needs and the increasingly bare cupboards,” says Lyndon Keene, Director of Policy and Research at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). The Council of Trade Unions and ASMS have released a joint analysis of the levels of funding required in Thursday’s Budget to maintain public health services at both their existing levels …

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