29 October 2004
“Government Should Consider Salaried GP Option”
“The government should seriously consider the option of salaried general practitioner employment by district health
boards to help overcome concern about patients being deterred from seeing a GP because of cost,” said Mr Ian Powell,
Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today. Mr Powell was responding to the 2004
Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey.
“The government’s laudable objectives in primary health care would be considerably enhanced by DHBs offering salaried
employment to GPs, particularly in areas where cost is identified as an obstacle to patients accessing GPs. This would
mean that there would be no costs to patients in the same way as there is presently no charge for public hospital
“The new national collective agreement for salaried senior doctors (including GPs) would also offer positive advantages
in helping overcome many of the current GP shortages throughout New Zealand,” concluded Mr Powell.