Fees set to rise.
Subject: Medical societies (Membership)
Medical societies (Laws, regulations and rules)
Pub Date: 10/01/2010
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Oct, 2010 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 9
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics; 930 Government regulation; 940 Government regulation (cont); 980 Legal issues & crime Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation Computer Subject: Company business management; Government regulation
Product: Product Code: 8622000 Medical Associations NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Organization: Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation; New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 241179359
Full Text: NZNO's fees are set to rise by around 12 percent from April 1 next year. The increase will see the registered nurse annual subscription increase from $429.92 to $482 per year to; the enrolled nurse subscription from $343.30 to $385; caregiver rates from $258.30 to $290; and students' fees will increase from $30 to $40.

Presenting the board's and te poari's proposal to increase fees, chief executive Geoff Annals said it was about "tending to the kumara patch" to ensure NZNO remained "strong, healthy and in control of our own destiny". Fees had been fixed in real terms since 2004, with inflation adjustments since then. The increase was needed to sustain services to an expanding membership. "NZNO cannot afford to stand still," Annals told conference delegates.

Membership growth brought more income but also more demands. The mix of member categories was an added complexity. "Our greatest membership growth has been in health care assistants in aged care and that is also our greatest potential for growth. But the subscription revenue is lower and the costs are higher in this sector. We need to increase average income per member," Annals said.

In each of the last three years NZNO had relied on reserves. "We have been Living off reserves put aside by members in past years. We should be protecting those reserves for the members who will follow us." NZNO's membership was much better value than any alternative. "Similar indemnity insurance to that which NZNO's provides would cost members $600 a year," he said. Annals warned that if fees did not increase, services would be cut.

Greater Auckland region opposed the increase, with delegate Lyn Boyd suggesting NZNO live within its means. She added the board was introducing an increase at the wrong time, given the negative fallout in the region from the draft constitution.

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Tai Tokerau supported the increase. "If we want to go forward, retain what we have and fight the fight, we need more resources, not less. We are worth it. If we undervalue NZNO, then our membership will undervalue NZNO," Jeanette Golder said to applause.

Board member Lyn Latta assured delegates the board was effective. "We are using members' money and are well aware we have to be responsible." Another board member Denise McGurk said NZNO's membership was very good value. Canterbury delegate Janine Randle said while an increase was warranted, the amount was the problem.

Pacific nursing section delegate Eseta Finau said if the increase went ahead, NZNO needed to fully inform members of their entitlements. "There needs to be a more pro-active approach from NZNO about rights and entitlements in the workplace," she said.

Conference delegates voted in favour of the increase by a narrow margin. Greater Auckland, Canterbury and Central regions opposed the increase, along with cancer, critical care and duty managers' sections.
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