From Migraine in Aotearoa New Zealand survey 2022 (based on respondents who were unable to see a health professional for migraine, n=232)
These were the top three reasons people were unable to be seen for migraine across the different types of health professionals (except for ED – there were not enough people who couldn’t see an ED clinician to look at this further. We hope this means that EDs are doing what they are there for – treating acute and emergency medical conditions, including people who are unable to see GPs and specialists.)
For neurologists, expense was the most commonly given reason; for primary care, the top reason was waiting time; for other specialists (e.g. pain specialist, endocrinologist), it was unable to get an appointment, although expense was a close second; for complementary care (e.g. osteopath, physiotherapist, massage therapist), expense was the standout reason.