Noseweek Issue #206, 1st December 2016 By Chris Bateman
Claims against the state for bungled medical procedures in state hospitals have reached the point where legal reforms are needed urgently, say experts. They warn that the runaway cost of obligatory insurance cover for doctors threatens higher-risk clinical specialities in South Africa.
The matter has been the subject of two medico-legal crisis summits – one in March last year, convened by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, and the other, eight months later, held by the private-sector-supporting Medical Protection Society (MPS), which underwrites the bulk of private practice risk insurance in South Africa.
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