The pressure of having to look after an influx of tourists is leaving some rural doctor's practices without a GP for hours on end. In an emergency, doctors have to abandon the patients at their practices to go out to help. They are worried that will happen more often as tourist numbers increase - and they will not have any extra support. Nestled near Aoraki-Mt Cook in the Mackenzie District is the rural town of Twizel. It has a population of fewer than 1500 but it swells dramatically during the summer months as tourists descend. Rural General Practice Network chief executive Dalton Kelly said in an emergency the doctor might have to go out with an ambulance or by themselves. "What that means is that the people who normally would be going to see the doctor in their practice or the nurse, they won't have access to that person. "They may sit there for five to six hours not able to see their GP. But the tourist will be well looked after in bad circumstances." He said at the height of the … [Read more...] about Surge in tourists leaves rural practices without GPs
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On a winter morning, Anna* walked the aisles of an herbal medicine store, picked up a bottle each of blue cohosh and black cohosh, along with a plastic bag of pennyroyal tea, and drove to the topless bar on the edge of town where she worked. There, she met Jules, another dancer. They performed on a small stage with crystal curtains, the green light of an ATM flashing on their left, until 9pm. The women, both in their 20s, then drove to the Motel 6 where Jules lived and entered her dim room on the second floor, which smelled of grape cigars. Anna pulled out the tinctures and tea and explained the plan. She was going to help Jules try to have an abortion. Anna had found the herbal recipe online. She’d read other tips as well: frequent hot baths, vigorous exercise, lots of gin. Women have relied on herbal abortion for thousands of years, and though specific regimens were hard to come by, anecdotal accounts littered the internet. Anna didn’t know how long it would take, so she … [Read more...] about Inside the secret network providing home abortions across the US
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By Ken McEldowney | PUBLISHED: August 7, 2018 at 6:40 am | UPDATED: August 7, 2018 at 6:45 am It’s the kind of thing you never expect. You or a loved one experiences a medical emergency — a stroke, heart attack, aneurysm or trauma from a car accident — and you must get to a hospital as quickly as possible. Thankfully, as a resident of a bustling city, you are near plenty of hospitals, specialists and specialty care facilities where you can quickly get the treatment you need. Unfortunately, 115 million Americans living in rural areas aren’t as fortunate. In their cases, the nearest medical facility is more than an hour away by a ground ambulance. That’s where air medical comes in — filling the gap in rural communities across the country so that patients can quickly get to the nearest and best medical facility. At Consumer Action, our job is to support and empower underrepresented Americans to assert their rights in the marketplace so they can … [Read more...] about Opinion: Rural areas need affordable air ambulances