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Genoa Medical Ethics and Law

8 Ethical Points Only Scholarship Access

Introduction

Over the past few years there has been a significant rise in medical negligence claims in private and public sectors. According to one of the medical malpractice insurers ‘the cost of reported claims more than doubled over a recent 2-year period prior to 2013. Claims exceeding R1 million have increased by nearly 550% compared with those of 10 years ago, while claims valued at over R5 million have increased by 900% in the past 5 years.’

The escalation is not only on medical negligence claims, there is also an escalation of health professionals being charged and convicted of unprofessional conduct by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). There is also an increase in allegations of health professionals involved or accused of medical schemes fraud.

The curriculum used to train health professionals does not put extra emphasis on ethics, professionalism and the medical law. These courses are at best electives. The rationale for developing this specific dedicated Medical Ethics and Law course derives from the challenges outlined above.


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