Family doctors are angry about what they believe is government inaction over growing financial troubles in their sector.
It's a year since a government-appointed working group recommended sweeping changes to a hotly debated aspect of general practice funding.
While they wait, GPs say they're being squeezed and it can't continue.
Andrew Miller, a GP at Bush Road Medical Centre in Whangarei, says a third of his patients can't afford the $38 fee.
"Every practice in the country has patients with high needs but," and "to let a system work where 500,000 high needs patients in New Zealand pay high fees and to have 500,000 wage and salary earners pay low fees just because they are going to a practice that charges low fees is completely illogical."
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