- #1627375drlivingstoneMemberMember since: October 22, 2006
Replies: 34930drlivingstone June 25, 2017 at 11:32 am
don021, Thats a great affordable price.One of our neighbours visits The Kingdom Trust near here and pays even less I think. I will enquire. Cheers
Peoples Republic Of Christchurch#1627547drlivingstoneMemberMember since: October 22, 2006
Replies: 34930drlivingstone June 26, 2017 at 1:44 pm
Radio NZ reported today ,Family doctors are being urged to use the election campaign to vent their anger over the funding of primary health care (I am discussing this more in Politics Today thread under Health in CRISIS)
Peoples Republic Of Christchurch#1727163phun83179MemberMember since: November 19, 2013
Replies: 34phun83179 August 3, 2019 at 11:06 am
I was under the impression that our Labour led coalition Government had reduced the price of doctors visits. At my next visit it was $18.50, so I thought good. The receptionist had earlier told me their practice had signed up to the deal. Then my partner went and she paid the normal $45.00.
I wish I knew what was real deal. Can anyone tell me?
phun83179#1727166paulinemMemberMember since: July 8, 2006
Replies: 1067paulinem August 3, 2019 at 11:38 am
Phun The doctor cheaper fees are only for community card holders I think or maybe only for Superannuates. Sorry not totally sure what the criteria but suspect community card is relevant criteria for cheaper Doctor fees. Is your partner on the super and does she have a community card ?#1727180halcyonMemberMember since: May 4, 2014
Replies: 4956halcyon August 3, 2019 at 1:03 pm
There has been subsidised doctor’s visits for many years now. If you google PHO you will find information about them. They are medical practitioners who have a contract with the DHB to provide primary medical advise to patients. But to access this service one needs to be registered with them. Otherwise the patient pays the casual rate which is far higher than the $18.50 for registered patients. Those practitioners are paid a subsidy by the DHB for the patients that are registered subject to the practitioner limiting their charges for registered patients to the amount set by government.
However, not all doctors joined the scheme. They prefer to charge their patients what ever free they decide is fair.
Therefore I would suggest you ask your doctor if they are a PHO. If so, then your partner needs to register to benefit with lower fees.
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” (George Orwell, The Animal Farm)#1729527phun83179MemberMember since: November 19, 2013
Replies: 34phun83179 August 15, 2019 at 11:25 am
Thanks for the two replies.
I understand the PHO system.
We are both on NZ Superannuation.
I have e-mailed the Ministry of Health to get their angle on all this.
That was 10 days ago, bit no reply yet.
phun83179#1729535halcyonMemberMember since: May 4, 2014
Replies: 4956halcyon August 15, 2019 at 1:54 pm
Sorry if my comment appeared a bit condescending. That was not my intention. However, my wife and I had the same problem. When we arrived in this district my wife went to the medical centre and enrolled. I made the assumption that I was enrolled too. However, my first visit was enlightening. I was told I was not enrolled even though my wife was. Therefore I had to pay casual patient rates. Damn.
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” (George Orwell, The Animal Farm)#1729546huiatahiMemberMember since: March 22, 2017
Replies: 1028huiatahi August 15, 2019 at 3:38 pm
I had an interesting episode a few weeks ago. I got up from my chair and found my right upper thigh was quite painful. This pain got worse as I walked. Next morning I was ready for a visit to the dr but as usual I couldn’t get an appt till next week so limped up to the medical centre A@E. They told me there was a long queue waiting however there was a new Dr starting today if I didn’t mind having someone else sitting in on the consultation. ( I gather as she was new out from England they are monitored for a day or so.) She was very thorough prescribed painkillers, some sessions at physio and wanted an X-ray done. That will be ACC she says, however the monitoring person overruled her says no, it wasn’t an accident. $250 later I’ve finished with xrays and a couple of days later head for physio. They say you must have twisted your hip when you got up this is an ACC case ! As a pensioner I was eternally grateful. Do you think I’ve got any show of getting my $250 back?
huiatahi#1729884doug139124MemberMember since: March 19, 2018
Replies: 59doug139124 August 19, 2019 at 1:45 am
I have struck Dr’s that think ACC is out of their own pockets! But I have also had a Dr that had me go get the steroid vile from the chemist and get back to him to do the injection, all before the paperwork hit ACC’s desk to deny the claim. My wife has just had the same experience to beat ACC denying the claim, with a specialist.
After my last refusal from ACC I no longer paid levies. They threatened all sorts of things and I still didn’t pay levies. As it is legal the way I beat them and they didn’t know how, it’s for ACC to figure it out themselves. Never paid levies for over 10 years. I made it my purpose to tell every self employed person I ever met from then on how work around ACC levies, legally.
When I did have a serious accident I got more than enough cover from ACC, even talked them into paying for everything I had to pay for out of pocket. This included the mobility card fee which they initially refused to pay for, but capitulated when I threatened to apply for the lost wages I wasn’t collecting so I could afford the fees, different story. The idiots didn’t check to see that I didn’t pay ACC levies so would be entitled to zero lost wages. Would have cost them tens of thousands of dollars over the 18 months of injury and surgeries, taxis fares, district nurse visits, hospitalisation for medications etc. They are not the only ones who can play hard ball!
I would be seeking reimbursement for anything ACC related out of pocket costs. Use the system that Govt gave us, that is what it is there for. Never mind the idiots they employ to play God with your health. It is called a “no fault accident insurance” covering everybody in NZ, even the Aussies here!#1729888BryanMemberMember since: October 28, 2006
Replies: 12487Bryan August 19, 2019 at 10:17 am
$250 later I’ve finished with xrays and a couple of days later head for physio. They say you must have twisted your hip when you got up this is an ACC case ! As a pensioner I was eternally grateful. Do you think I’ve got any show of getting my $250 back?
I hope you have kept the relevant paper work! If so “”photo Copy it all”” then write a nice letter and send it to ACC requesting reimbursement.
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