The Principles of Enrolment
Patient enrolment is crucial to the Government's Primary Health Care Strategy. Ensuring that patients obtain their health care from one general practice will undoubtedly help make their care more efficient and effective. It also reduces the cost to the patient. Continuity of care results in better health and we recommend and encourage all our eligible patients to enrol.
Enrolment Form and Transfer of records
To register with our practice you need to complete an enrolment form. We will request your medical history from your previous doctor with your permission and you will be asked to sign a form for this. Click on the link to download a Cambridge Medical Centre enrolment form. You can send it to the medical centre (fax/post/email) or hand it in at our reception.
A form to request to transfer all of your historical medical records to Cambridge Medical Centre, is also included.
Some key points about Enrolment
Patients can only be enrolled with one general practice. If you choose to enrol with another general practice, you are automatically no longer enrolled with the previous practice.
The fact that you are enrolled with one general practice does not restrict you from consulting another doctor somewhere else, but you will be a casual (unfunded) patient at that practice unless you choose to enroll there.
If you have not been seen at our Health Centre for 3 years, you will be asked to sign a new PHO enrolment form which indicates you wish to remain enrolled with our practice. This will ensure the continuation of your funding.
PHO – The Primary Health Organisation who manages the funding for General Practices on behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Health. Our PHO is Midlands Health, and they are based in Hamilton.
Registered Patient – A patient who is part of our regular patient group whose medical records are held by us and to whom we send reminders when immunisations fall due or monitoring procedures need to be repeated (e.g. cervical smears, mammograms, regular checks or INR blood tests). You can be a registered patient without being an enrolled patient.
Enrolled Patient – A registered patient who has completed a valid PHO Enrolment form and meets the criteria to be eligible for Government funding through the PHO. If a patient does not meet the criteria they can remain a registered patient but will not be eligible for Government funding towards their medical costs.
Funded Patient – A patient whose completed PHO Enrolment form has been submitted and accepted by the PHO and whose funding has been received by the Practice. The time delay between enrolling and being funded can be anything from 6 to 20 weeks depending on where we are in the PHO funding cycle. (Refer to the PHO Funding Cycle below)
Casual Patient – A patient who visits the Health Centre for medical care on a one off or short-term basis (eg a person who is in the area on holiday). We do not apply for PHO funding towards the medical costs of Casual Patients, although some subsidies are still claimable to assist with the cost for eligible patients eg ACC, and we do not recall them for routine screening or monitoring procedures.