n South African Medical Journal - The importance of comprehensive protection in today's healthcare environment : editorial

Volume 103, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Doctors today have to practise medicine in an increasingly hostile, pressurised and uncertain healthcare environment. The cost of clinical negligence continues to rise in South Africa (SA) with increases in both the number and value of claims; increases so significant that some specialties have been left questioning whether they should even continue to practise. Others have adopted a more defensive approach to try to safeguard themselves against the risk of claims.

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