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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