Dr Stephen Child joined Southern Cross Health Society as Chief Medical Officer in December 2017.
A Canadian-trained General Physician with a respiratory interest, Stephen came to New Zealand in late 1991. He continues once weekly private clinics and is a consultant within the Department of General Medicine at Auckland DHB. He also has a strong passion for medical education and has authored or co-authored more than 50 articles on medical workforce and medical education.
Stephen was elected to the Medical Council of New Zealand and took up his position for a 3-year term from July 2018. In past roles, he has been involved in junior doctor training and their working conditions. Until 2018 he was also Auckland DHB’s Director of Clinical Training. Other former roles include: Chair of the New Zealand Medical Association, DHB National Workforce Strategy Group member, the Minister of Health’s Medical Training Board member, Northern Clinical Training Network board member and Health Workforce New Zealand Clinical Advisor.
The Role Of The Private Health Sector In Medicine; Now And The Future
As new technology and consumer expectations change the face of medicine, is unfettered access to medical care a ‘public good’ that should be maintained at all costs or can ‘private practice’ make a meaningful contribution to an overloaded system? Southern Cross Health Society is the largest private insurer in New Zealand, representing 62% of the market, while paying 74% of NZ’s health insurance claims. Dr Stephen Child will share his insights on the private sector for today and the future from his first year as Chief Medical Officer.