State of Rural Healthcare
About this special report
In an ongoing series, Neal Wallace takes a look at the dire state of rural healthcare in New Zealand, the challenges rural communities face from a shortage of medical professionals and access to services but also the measures being taken to rectify the situation.
New equity agreements exclude those working in community and primary facilities.
‘Vision is for all people living in rural communities to live long and healthy lives’.
Under-30s in the most rural communities are dying twice as fast as city peers.
Workforce plan and election promise ‘reflect our thinking'.
A Dunedin gynaecologist sold her home to fund a bus that brings better health care to women in remote areas.
Feds hopes health audit will also address inequity in rural-urban health provision.
National’s health spokesperson says former colleagues are exhausted.
In the interim, communities have found their own solutions such as a mobile healthcare facility to assist women.
It’s not all tough going, recalls long-serving rural doctor.
Community-owned healthcare provider Clutha Health First is typical of the frustrations faced by rural health providers.
Small rural hospitals, often the only source of healthcare for the 25% of New Zealanders who live in rural areas, are feeling neglected, misunderstood, frustrated and burnt out.
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