Behind SA’s medical malpractice billions
On top of coping with the demands of the pandemic, state doctors have to deal with an increase in legal claims
Medicolegal claims against the state have doubled, from R37bn to R74bn, over the past five years, further eroding Covid-affected health care and threatening specialities.
Insurance premiums against adverse events in obstetrics and gynaecology and neurosurgery now surpass R1m a year. Specialists in these disciplines, especially obstetricians, are seeking less litigious climes, retiring early or consulting to related medical fields...