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Mediclinic News : PUBLIC HEALTH MEDICO-LEGAL CLAIMS WILL RENDER NHI ‘STILLBORN’ – MEDICO-LEGAL EXPERT

Title

PUBLIC HEALTH MEDICO-LEGAL CLAIMS WILL RENDER NHI ‘STILLBORN’ – MEDICO-LEGAL EXPERT

Date

2019-03-12

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https://medbriefafrica.co.za/public-health-medico-legal-claims-will-render-nhi-stillborn-medico-legal-expert/

News Description

MED BRIEF AFRICA Even if there are funds to implement National Health Insurance (NHI) as envisaged, Donald Dinnie, well-known medico-legal practitioner, has predicted that the scheme will be “stillborn” due to the large list of historical and current medico-legal claims faced by the Department of Health. “The scheme will be stillborn if the huge historical medico-legal exposure of public healthcare institutions is not resolved urgently together with the quality of healthcare provided,” Dinnie has warned in his 2018 Medico-Legal Year in Review paper. “Starting with a clean slate – or at least a substantially clean slate – is necessary to avoid the situation where billions of rands are taken from the health budget annually to resolve a large historical list and current list of medico legal claims,” he stressed. Such an eventuality, he noted, would mean that money would not be spent on delivering and improving healthcare quality and facilities thereby creating a spiral of ongoing claims “which the public sector will have difficulty in escaping”. Dinnie, CEO of Natmed Medical Defence who also spoke at the Gynaecology Management Group/SASOG Private Practice Weekend seminar, said that the action required would be the large number of claims being dealt with innovatively, aggressively and urgently: “Every month delay makes it more and more difficult to resolve existing and new claims cost effectively because, with the passing of time, records are lost, witnesses disappear or memories fade, expectation of the claimants harden and the cost of medical interventions which may be needed to assist deserving claimants increase significantly.” Discussing the current state of the healthcare sector in general, Dinnie reiterated that the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) report, coupled with the NHI and Medical Scheme drafts have done little to reassure “an already skittish private healthcare industry” whose relationship with government has not been comfortable for years. “Although having recently shown signs of improvement, this relationship is likely to remain challenging due to ideological differences and different views on funding. Everyone,” Dinnie acknowledged in his review, “is agreed on the desirability of quality universal healthcare and accessibility of affordable healthcare for all. “It is in how that is to be achieved, as we now well know, where the differences arise.”
Created at 2019/03/18 02:13 PM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2019/03/18 02:13 PM by Mediclinic