Registration / Enrolment
If you chose to enrol with us your fees will be cheaper because we will receive a government subsidy for you.
You can only be enrolled at one medical practice, however you are free to attend any practice as a casual, full paying patient at any time.
In order to register we ask you complete an enrolment form and a form which authorises us to get your medical records from your previous practice (if you wish) which you can download here (Word Doc, 30KB).
Please complete the enrolment form and transfer of notes request and give them to our receptionist. You need a separate form for each family member.
You are eligible for enrolment if you are a New Zealand resident or hold a 2 year work visa in your passport.
If you do not attend the practice for three years, we are required by the Ministry of Health to ask you to sign a new enrolment form.
IN GENERAL REGISTERED PATIENTS PAY SUBSTANTIALLY LOWER FEES THAN VISITORS DUE TO GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY.
TO REGISTER CONTACT RECEPTION OR DOWNLOAD AN ENROLMENT FORM HERE
Our fees for a standard consultation with a Doctor are
|Enrolled Patients||NZ Visitors|
|Under 6 years||FREE||$45|
|6 – 13 years||FREE||$50|
|14 – 17 years||$30||$70|
|18 – 24 years||$40||$85|
Our fees vary according to the length and type of consultation, materials used, level of Government subsidy, your age and your residency status. Our fees reflect the increased responsibilities, equipment and on-call requirements of rural doctors. Added fees apply for extra services, for example; a letter of referral to see a specialist is $20. If you would like to clarify the cost of your consultation in advance, please ask our reception staff.
A standard consultation is a 15 minute consultation within normal weekday clinic hours.
Higher charges apply for after hours call-outs, weekend clinics, home visits and extended consultations.
Eftpos and credit card facilities are available.
FEES ARE BASED ON PAYMENT AT TIME OF CONSULTATION.
You can direct credit your payment to our account – Aspiring Medical Centre 06-0949-0380265-00.
If you are unable to attend your appointment please try and let us know. If you fail to attend and do not contact us you may be charged a ‘No Show’ fee.
If you are a registered patient and have genuine difficulty paying, please discuss this with the doctor, the receptionist or with Sally Battson, Practice Manager. In some circumstances partial payment can be made or regular automatic payment. Funding for medical care is available from various sources – please discuss with this with us.
A copy of our Terms of Trade are available here.
Shared Care Practice Teams
To improve the continuity of care we have created 2 teams of GPs and nurses within the practice. Although you are welcome to see any GP you wish it can help with your care if you see people within the same team. This is particularly true if you have any ongoing health problems.
- Doctors Jayne Davies, Fiona MacLean and Pip Clearwater work with practice nurse team leader Sue Evans.
- Doctors Simon Brebner and Mark Edmond work with Jackie Davidson as nursing team leader. Polly Dickson is the other nurse for this team.
To care for you we need to care for ourselves. This means that doctors are not always available on every day of the week. They consult part time in order that they can balance the demands of modern practice with on-going education, participating in the after-hours roster, families, community commitments and their own health.
This means your preferred GP may not be available on the day you want them. We realise that continuity of care is important for some of you, and if so we recommend that
- you book with another doctor in the same team or
- book well ahead if your choice of doctor is important
We also know that shared care carries many advantages
- you can choose the doctor who has expertise in the complaint you have
- you are welcome to seek a second opinion within the practice
- doctors are constantly reviewing each others practice and this is important in maintaining quality, ongoing education and collegiality.
- we keep high quality notes so that any doctor can access the important information quickly
- we are used to caring for patients we are not familiar with and always take full responsibility for the care of the person in front of us.