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Australian government forced to bail out medical malpractice insurer

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 06 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:808
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    Australia's largest medical malpractice insurer, which represents 60% of the nation's doctors, has received a surprise temporary bail out from the federal government after fears that it could collapse.

    The Australian Medical Association had warned that thousands of doctors would have to stop private work if United Medical Protection was forced to withdraw. The federal government has avoided an immediate crisis by offering a A$35m (£13m; $18.5m; €16.32m) guarantee to the fund last Thursday (28 March), but the insurer faces further demands that could threaten its future.

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