Auditor-general says failing to rein in medico-legal claims poses risk to NHI
Most cases due to staff negligence, some conceded and settled out of court thanks to lack of records
The office of the auditor-general has warned parliament that the government’s continued failure to rein in medical negligence claims poses a threat to its plans for National Health Insurance (NHI).
While the scale of the payouts for medical negligence is a fraction of the amount claimed against the state, it nevertheless has a profound effect on the ability of provincial health departments to provide services, as the funds are not budgeted for and reduce money available for medicines, equipment and other crucial supplies...
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