In New Zealand, a 20-Year Process of Regionalizing and Integrating Medical Laboratory Services Continues to Be Successful and Push New Boundaries

Last week involved a full slate of pathology meetings and medical laboratory site visits on both islands of New Zealand during Dark Daily’s visit to this Pacific nation DATELINE: CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND—There’s a good case to be made that the health system in this South Pacific nation is farther down the path of medical laboratory regionalization and consolidation than most other developed nations. That’s one insight to be gleaned from a week’s worth of meetings with pathologists, clinical...

Earthquakes and New Lab Test Contracts Shake Up Christchurch’s Pathology Marketplace

It’s been a challenging year for this New Zealand city’s medical laboratory testing professionals CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND—Two private clinical laboratory companies in this city have had quite a roller coaster ride during the past 18 months. Included in the ups and downs were a series of destructive earthquakes, a new contract bidding cycle that eliminated one of the two existing private medical laboratory companies, and a lab acquisition. For pathologists and clinical lab administrators in...

Sonic’s Diagnostic Medlab Signs New Contract with Auckland Health Boards

Dark Daily Commentary: Treat lab testing as a commodity and risk disrupting the entire healthcare system Once again, the pathology profession is seeing the consequences of the “penny wise-pound foolish” philosophy relentlessly pursued by government health bureaucrats. This time it involves the Auckland District Health Boards in New Zealand. Having signed a cut-rate, back room deal back in 2006 to save about NZ$15 million per year on lab testing (against an annual healthcare budget in the...
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