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After New Zealand, I have mixed feelings about copayments

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Mmh yes the payments are a huge disincentive for people being investigated, that's absolutely true. An ECG at our practice cost $50. Also NZ GPs are poorly paid, compared to their UK counterparts, the job is massively sedentary (you barely leave your room at all, during the day - I HATED that aspect!) and you are a second class citizen compared to your secondary care colleagues, who have a huge study leave budget ($16,000/year) to fly off to overseas conferences with, and are much, much better paid generally. Unless you are a practice owner, it is hard to make comparable money in primary care. But the pace of work is certainly not as insane over there, that's a massive plus! And the country is small, so networking is easy, there are really good conferences and educational events up and down the country, and great peer support groups which meet monthly and are a fantastic source of information and friendship and advice. I haven't even mentioned the infamous ACC! Those of you who have worked in NZ will know all about the byzantine complexity of this system, unique to NZ, which caters to all accidents (even if that's an insect bite!) in order to avoid the all-too-common litigation scenarios common to the rest of the developed world...

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26 Jun 2018

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6:26pm

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