A Dunedin doctor who has chosen to pay $50,000 for her own 12-month Herceptin treatment believes more money could be found in Pharmac's budget for the breast cancer drug if it took a closer look at what it is spending on medicines for gut problems such as indigestion.
Patient deaths or ‘‘near misses'' caused by serious mistakes by health professionals should not just be reported in hospitals but in the primary health sector as well, Balclutha doctor Branko Sijnja says.
The organisation representing community doctors and nurses is warning patients to expect growing delays in getting appointments at their local surgery.
In a move expected to save about $1 million, the Otago District Health Board in a split vote yesterday decided it should stop paying for laboratory tests ordered by specialists for private patients.
Brian Rousseau's appointment yesterday as chief executive of the Otago and Southland health boards is a first for district health board management.
Integrated health centres could be considered for Queenstown, Gore, Oamaru, Balclutha and the Maniototo.
The country's top health official is quitting. Ministry of Health director-general Chai Chuah said yesterday he would leave early next year, less than three years into a five-year term.
Nationwide vaccination programme for 12 to 18-year-olds aimed at preventing cervical cancer is attracting the attention of older women as well, says an Otago District Health Board member.
Many people are spending thousands of dollars on private surgery in Otago because the public system is failing them, Dunedin ear, nose and throat surgeon Martyn Fields says.
The midwifery industry has hit back at comments about the state of the sector after what they say are unprecedented attacks over the last few days.
Union representatives collected about 200 signatures in an hour yesterday in Dunedin for a petition asking the Government to make safe staffing mandatory in the aged-care sector.
Increased spending on health research is urgently needed to stop more doctors moving overseas and protect doctor training, the country's two medical schools say.
There has been an outbreak of the highly infectious gastro-intestinal norovirus in parts of the Greymouth community, the West Coast District Health Board says.
A vaccine may eventually be developed to combat the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, but it may not involve an injection.
A proposal to allow paramedics to treat people in their homes would be of "significant benefit" to rural communities and the elderly, a St John spokesman says.
If Balclutha general practice were a patient two years ago, it would probably have been classed as terminal, and not given long to live.
A blind hospital patient did not receive meals because nobody told them their the meals were there, the Otago and Southland District Health Board's disability support advisory committee meeting heard yesterday.
The Children's Health Camps Board has asked the Government to clarify its funding by 9.30am today before it decides whether to close one or more of its seven camps.
A woman, who was in Dunedin Hospital after giving birth, is concerned she and other new mothers were not advised of last week's norovirus outbreak in other wards.
Health services in the South will come under pressure from migrant workers who might not be able to pay, Venture South settlement support co-ordinator Sue Morrison-Bailey says.