By Tego Insurance on Monday, May 20th, 2019 in General.
As an Australian Medical Indemnity Insurer, we are here to protect our medical doctors and medical practitioners against the many risks associated with changing and emerging telemedicine risks. Having appropriate Medical Malpractice Insurance and/or Medical Practice Insurance ensure you are well on your way to being protected, but prevention is the best remedy. So here … Read more
By Tego Insurance on Monday, May 13th, 2019 in General.
Psychiatrists are the subject of relatively few patient complaints compared with other medical indemnity insurance clients. A recent BMJ Safety and Quality review of 18,907 Australian patient complaints shows 6% involved psychiatrists. However, psychiatrists are more likely than most other doctors to be called upon to provide evidence at coroners’ inquests, particularly those involving a … Read more
By Tego Insurance on Monday, May 6th, 2019 in General.
The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) subscribes to the Medical Board of Australia’s Code of Conduct and the Medical Council of New Zealand’s Code of Good Practice. Although the college is not a regulator and cannot award compensation or compel outcomes, it has a process in place to manage complaints against anaesthetists … Read more
By Tego Insurance on Monday, April 29th, 2019 in General.
No notes, no defence is a well-known maxim among medical indemnity insurers. However, the question of how long to keep patient records can be vexing for doctors, especially those approaching retirement age, says Don Munro, a partner at HWL Ebsworth lawyers. “In an ideal world, medical records would be kept for the duration of a … Read more
By Tego Insurance on Monday, April 22nd, 2019 in General.
Doctors have a legal obligation not to issue a death certificate in the case of a reportable death, according to medico-legal expert Scott Chapman of HWL Ebsworth lawyers. There may be minor differences from state to state, but in NSW, for example, all deaths are reportable if the patient had not been attended to by … Read more
By Tego Insurance on Monday, April 15th, 2019 in General.
Three percent of doctors account for 50% of Australian patient complaints, according to a study published by BMJ Safety and Quality. The finding is based on an analysis of a national sample of all 18,907 formal patient complaints filed with health service ombudsman (‘Commissions’) against 11,148 individual doctors in Australia over 11 years. … Read more
By Tego Insurance on Monday, April 15th, 2019 in General, News.
Specialist healthcare sector underwriting agency Tego Insurance has launched three new products. After disrupting the Australian market with a doctors’ medical indemnity product which has grown to 1,400 insured doctors, Tego has now expanded its product suite to include entity medical malpractice; life sciences; and clinical trials. Tego CEO Eric Lowenstein says the medical indemnity … Read more
By Tego Insurance on Monday, April 8th, 2019 in General.
Doctors with recent or current complaints have significant risks of moderate/severe depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation, according to a large anonymous survey published in the BMJ. This is true regardless of whether the complaint is against a GP, an ophthalmologist, an anaesthetist, a gynaecologist-obstetrician, a surgeon or any other clinician. Most of the 7926 respondents … Read more
By Tego Insurance on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 in General.
Formal complaints against psychiatrists, surgeons, obstetricians/gynaecologists, GPs and other doctors are on the rise and clinicians are increasingly turning to their medical indemnity insurance providers for support. For example, the Victoria Health Complaints Commissioner received 1244 complaints against medical practitioners in the 2017-18 financial year, 18% more than in 2016-17. In NSW, the number of … Read more
By Tego Insurance on Monday, March 25th, 2019 in General.
The Emotional Stress of a Medical Malpractice lawsuit Let’s be clear- As a physician, it’s not a matter of if you will get sued, but when. About 35% of physicians in low-risk specialties and 88% of physicians in high-risk specialties are projected to face their first claims by the age of 45. By the age … Read more