9 Feb 2024

Clinics at crisis point: Hamilton medical centre forced to raise fees

From Checkpoint, 5:07 pm on 9 February 2024

GP clinics are at crisis point, please complain loudly to the politicians; That's the message from one struggling Hamilton practice.

Flagstaff medical centre has been forced to raise it fees, writing to patients laying out what it sees as the blunt realities.

An outdated government funding model means the clinic is constantly under-funded and rents have sky rocketed.

Workers are close to burn out, putting in hundreds of unpaid hours and drowning in paper work.

Flagstaff Medical Centre GP and co-owner Dr Marilyn Griffiths speaks to Lisa Owen.