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Wait times for surgeries have long been a contentious issue. In the final part of this week-long series Natalie Akoorie looks at overseas examples and potential solutions.

Kay Billman waited 18 months for spinal surgery. In that time she was in debilitating pain with humiliating and worsening symptoms after an injury while gardening in February 2016.

After she was discharged without surgery from Waikato Hospital in March that year, Billman was offered an epidural steroid injection for her continuing back pain but, worried about the risks and told the effects would only last a month, she declined.

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Overseas and potential solutions