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Wait times for surgeries have long been a contentious issue. In part four of a five-part series, Natalie Akoorie examines whether money is a driving factor in long wait lists.

The conflict of interest faced by doctors working in the public and private health sectors is New Zealand's "dirty little secret", according to a former Labour MP for Waikato.

"It really does need to be exposed," Sue Moroney says. "It's kind of like the dirty little secret of the health system that's been going on for decades."

When Moroney was in her early 20s she needed her tonsils removed.

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