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Australian government bails out medical indemnity funds

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7371.988/a (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:988
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    The medical profession has had mixed reactions to the federal government's reform package to safeguard medical indemnity insurance, which it has unveiled after months of negotiation.

    The rescue strategy, which will cost taxpayers $A45m (£16m; $25m; €26m) a year, will see taxpayers subsidise the insurance premiums for doctors in specialties that carry a high risk, such as obstetricians, neurosurgeons, and general practitioners who perform minor surgery.

    The government will also pay half the cost of medical negligence awards of more than $A2m and will extend its guarantee for the medical insurer United Medical Protection for another 12 months to December …

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