Western Leader : November 18th 2010
13 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 18, 2010 NEWS OPEN DAY this Sunday 1pm to 3pm Glenburn Retirement Village Glenburn Retirement Village • 79 Margan Avenue, New Lynn Phone Carol 985 9721 or 027 511 2034 Apartment of the Month Like all the apartments at Glenburn Retirement Village Apartment 405 comes complete with a full whiteware package and heat pump. Apartment 405 is extra special, situated at the end of the hallway on level four. It's location means it has a long private sunny hallway leading through to the living area. This not only provides a lot more room but great privacy. All for $360,000. We invite you to come along to our open day this Sunday, have a look through Apartment 405 and the rest of the village. Do you want to know how to build, fix and maintain computers? Get Qualified! New Zealand School of Education Enjoy hands-on training? No experience? No problem! NZSE have open entry criteria for most programmes Call us NOW 0800 99 88 11 International Students Inquiries Welcome • 14 week Certi cate in Computer Servicing • 32 week Diploma in Computing • Diploma in Advanced Computer Science - Level 7 Text 021 556 534 3033 Great North Rd, New Lynn, Auckland email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.nzse.ac.nz GP visits move out of reach By CATHERINE HEALY The low number of GPs in west Auckland com- bined with some prac- tices closing their books can make it difficult to get an appointment, especially for people on a limited income. A Te Atatu resident and beneficiary, who did not want to be named, said she cannot afford the standard charge to see a GP, which can range between $35 and $50. She contacted two practices which are part of the health ministry s low cost access pro- gramme but was told they were not taking on new patients. The ministry funds the clinics so they can accept patients with community services cards at a charge of $16.50. The ministry says that the eligible practices typically serve communi- ties with high health needs who do not have the income to support higher fees. The Medical Council s 2009 workforce survey showed Waitakere City had 51 fulltime equiva- lent GPs per 100,000 people. Manukau has 60, North Shore has 63 and there are 103 GPs per 100,000 in Auckland city. Waitemata District Health Board serves 525,000 people, the largest district health board population in the country, and covers the North Shore and west Auckland. The survey showed 58 fulltime GPs per 100,000 people in Waitemata -- the second lowest of all the district health boards in New Zealand. Waitakere Health Link co-ordinator Tracy McIntyre says she is well aware of the lack of GPs in west Auckland. It is something we have highlighted to the district health board. It s an ongoing prob- lem over the years that we haven t had any trac- tion on, she says. The options aren t there. If you can t get in to your local GP, where do you go? Waitemata District Health Board says there are 23 practices offering the low cost access pro- gramme in the Waite- mata area, 18 of which are in west Auckland. HealthWest, which has 25 practices under its umbrella in west Auckland, says five of its clinics are currently not accepting patients. Of the other 20, some may be only selectively open -- to patients family mem- bers, for example. Wai Ora Healthcare, the other primary health organisation in west Auckland, says all of its practices are open and all offer the low cost access programme. Non-registered, casual patients and those with- out a community services card have to pay more than the $16.50 charge. Clinics running the low cost access programme do not charge for chil- dren five and under, charge an $11 maximum for children six to 17 years and a $16.50 maxi- mum for adults. Waitakere Health Link chairwoman Mau- reen Wood has lived in the same place for 49 years and has no prob- lem getting an appoint- ment with her doctor. But if you re new to the area, it s a different story.
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