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Australian government tries to solve doctors' indemnity crisis

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7406.72-c (Published 10 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:72
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    The Australian government has introduced a package of measures designed to tackle the country's medical indemnity crisis, which has been characterised by soaring premiums and the collapse of Australia's biggest medical insurance company. The package includes a subsidy of premiums for obstetricians, neurosurgeons, and GPs who perform certain procedures.

    The Australian Medical Association has said that it does not go far enough and has predicted that 20% of rural GPs who provide obstetric services will quit rather than face much higher premiums.

    The association said that despite …

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