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Surgeons postpone work as insurer goes broke

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 04 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1057
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    Australian health services were in confusion and crisis this week, with surgeons postponing operations and doctors fearing that they were uninsured after the largest medical defence organisation said it would go into liquidation.

    United Medical Protection, which has faced financial problems for some time, said it will appoint a provisional liquidator next week, and the Australian Medical Association said many doctors and surgeons were considering it too risky to work.

    The federal government defended its short term guarantee to cover medical insurance claims up to 30 June and said that it might introduce legislation …

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