Third New Zealand Medical Journal issue released under new open access model
Updates / News, 23 Feb 24
The New Zealand Medical Journal (NZMJ) releases its third issue for the year since announcing its open access model at the end of 2023.

This edition’s editorial piece is written by Phillip Bagshaw, John D Potter and Sue Bagshaw, titled "The looming spectres of public–private partnerships for hospitals and the resulting decline of government responsibility for comprehensive secondary healthcare in Aotearoa New Zealand." 

In summary,  

“Public-private partnerships (PPPs) enable governments to construct, maintain, and sometimes operate public hospitals, leveraging financial borrowing and business expertise. 

Despite initial benefits, PPPs blur the line between private profit and government responsibility for equitable healthcare access.  

This has resulted in failed private hospitals and government bailouts in various countries like the UK, Australia, and Europe. Moreover, it risks transitioning towards a costly US-style private hospital system with unequal standards of care.” 

There are also five other articles available for reading, two viewpoint pieces structured around cardiovascular, heart health scenarios, as well as one case report study titled ‘An uncommon case of rhabdomyolysis in severe hypothyroidism’ written by Sujatha Kamalaksha, Nicole McGrath, Chuen Siang Low and Sanjib Ghosh.  

To conclude this edition of the journal, one research letter is available for reading.  

Since January 15th 2024, the NZMJ has been available for open access under its owners, the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA) Group.  

To access the journal and register to the NZMJ, visit their newly launched website