How to go to the doctor ... electronically

Date published
23 May 2016

Bill Nicholson has a heart problem. He loves not going to the doctor. (NZ Herald/MoH)

If those two sentences sound contradictory, understand that Bill, 43, (not his real name) is an enthusiastic user of patient portals - where he can access vital health information without having to make as many visits.

Patient portals are a secure, online way to help people manage and keep track of their health 24/7. They are increasingly being offered by general practices around New Zealand - and can be compared to online banking, but for health.

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