Gauteng wants legislation to reduce medical negligence costs

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Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku wants a legislative framework that compels victims of medical negligence from the provincial healthcare system to be treated at public hospitals, reports Sunday Independent.

Currently, Gauteng Health is facing a massive R22bn in medical negligence lawsuits.

Masuku questioned the current method of calculating compensation for damages incurred at public hospitals using private sector rates. “We know … private rates in most instances are overrated and unreasonable. The Competition Commission declared that these costs should come down because it’s quite unfair to take a bit from the public purse to pay private hospitals and private doctors.”

Part of his plan to keep the costs down is to encourage patiens to first consider mediation as a way of redressing incidents of medical negligence in public healthcare.

Sunday Independent report

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