Medical specialists run for cover

Medical specialists run for cover

The spiralling cost of indemnity insurance could drive doctors from private hospitals.

The soaring costs of private indemnity insurance for medical specialists in the higher-risk specialist fields could, ironically, benefit state patients and improve the professional supervision of junior doctors in public hospitals. The temptation for thinly spread specialists in the public service to treat profitable private patients is about to become much less of a temptation: the cost of indemnity insurance for private practice is now so high, it might exceed private fees earned on the side.

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