n Obstetrics and Gynaecology Forum - Obstetrics claims' inflation. Can we fix it? : review




The steadily increasing obstetric claims' inflation has been accompanied by increases in the cost of obstetric indemnity to such an extent that the issue may threaten private obstetric practice in South Africa with sequelae that could extend to the State. The reasons for and the consequences of the problem have been opined upon but little has been done to resolve the issue. The Government is currently reflecting upon the problem and emphasis may be placed on statutory resolution. Even should this occur it will be beyond the control of the profession and is unlikely to resolve the issue in the immediate future. There is a steadily growing body of American literature that suggests that resolution may be within the grasp of the profession. While resolution will by no means be easy the work to date suggests improved patient safety that may well be accompanied by a substantial decreased litigation risk that would hopefully improve the situation.


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