n South African Medical Journal - Counting the cost : the consequences of increased medical malpractice litigation in South Africa : editorial

Volume 103, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



We live in uncertain times. The recession in Europe and ongoing political instability in the Middle East are each examples of what could legally be termed a 'statement of fact'. The rising cost of healthcare in South Africa is another fact. This phenomenon is accompanied by an even more disturbing trend: a steep rise in medical malpractice litigation. An important question to consider is what effect this increase is having on healthcare provision in South Africa generally.

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