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Wait times for surgeries have long been a contentious issue. In part three of a five-part series, Natalie Akoorie examines the social and financial costs of a two-tier health system.

An American living in Wellington is so desperate to get treatment for a recurring sinus problem he's considering returning to the United States - a move which may put his 16-year marriage to a Kiwi at risk as his partner has to stay in New Zealand.

The man, who does not want to be named, said for the past six months he had only managed to sleep for three hours

Complementary, competition and the cost

The series