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Opposition criticises lab test decision

Opposition criticises lab test decision
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - A government decision to stop hospitals charging for laboratory tests ordered by private specialists will rob the public health service of millions of dollars, opposition parties say.

Ryall puts an end to lab test charging

Ryall puts an end to lab test charging
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - District Health Boards are not going to be allowed to charge patients for laboratory tests ordered by private specialists, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.

Dunne wants tax concession for private health insurance

Dunne wants tax concession for private health insurance
Wellington, June 21 NZPA - United Future leader Peter Dunne has called for a "fresh look" at making health insurance premiums tax deductible after a leading health insurer said private sector costs were driving premiums up.

Increased use of private health sector may push up premiums

Increased use of private health sector may push up premiums
Wellington, June 20 NZPA - Increasing use of the private sector is driving costs up and putting pressure on healthcare premiums, according to the country's biggest health insurer, Southern Cross Healthcare.

Southern Cross Reports Deficit, Cites Rising Costs As Issue

Southern Cross Reports Deficit, Cites Rising Costs As Issue
Wellington, Oct 13 NZPA - Southern Cross Medical Society has highlighted the rising cost of health services in an annual report which reveals claims increasing faster than premiums.

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