Like any insurance, not all policies are the same. Tego offers medical practitioners and newly qualified Fellows in private practice personal medical indemnity insurance that brings a range of advantages. Take a moment to consider these benefits:

  • Two months free​ introductory offer.
  • Unlimited retroactive cover​.​ Peace of mind for prior practice.
  • No policy excesses​.​ Anywhere.
  • Policy matching.​ We’ll like-for-like the terms of your previous year’s policy if there is any difference in cover.
  • Starting in private practice benefits.​ You can save with our discounted premium plan during your first four years.
  • Lock in your premium. During your first few years of private practice you may not have an accurate estimate of your private billings. With Tego, we will accept your best estimate and will not apply any mid-term or retrospective increases if your estimate billings change during the course of the year.
  • No hidden costs. Membership fees, cancellation charges, and mid-term billing increases simply don’t exist at Tego.
  • Tailored pricing​. Your premium is customised to reflect your individual risk profile and the proportion of your work in different sub-specialty areas.

Best of all, Tego’s Medical Practitioner Indemnity Insurance is backed by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI), one of the biggest and most respected names in the sector globally. We’ve collaborated closely with BHSI to offer premiums at outstanding value for money and a 24-hour legal advice support service that’s there to lend expert guidance whenever you need it.

BHSI is a strong and trusted insurance partner and believes in simplicity over complexity, responsiveness to a changing healthcare landscape, and results-focused, cost effective claims management – all values shared by Tego.

Berkshire Hathaway’s National Indemnity group of insurance companies hold $228.4 billion in total admitted assets and $123.2 billion in policyholder surplus (Source: Balance sheets as of 03/31/2017 for the Berkshire Hathaway National Indemnity group of insurance companies). BHSI’s large and stable balance sheet gives exceptional ability to provide consistent capacity and innovative, flexible solutions. It also means you can have the utmost confidence in BHSI’s ability to pay covered claims – no matter how complex or large the catastrophe.

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Under the Australian National Law, all practising medical practitioners must be insured or otherwise indemnified for their entire scope of practice, whether via their employer’s indemnity arrangements or through their own medical indemnity insurer. This means it is mandatory for all doctors in private practice to have their own personal medical indemnity insurance. It is also a requirement for registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA). If your insurance or indemnity arrangements specifically exclude any aspect of practice you must not practise in that area. If you discover you do not have appropriate medical indemnity insurance arrangements in place, you are obliged to notify the Medical Board of this within 7 days. Not all policies are the same, and not all premiums are the same. Further, just because you have been with one insurer for a long time does not mean they are necessarily the best insurer for you.
All medical indemnity insurance policies cover personal liabilities that might arise out of your provision of healthcare (including legal costs) by way of civil claims (that is, claims in medical negligence), and to a more variable extent, non-civil claims (such as coronial inquests, professional or disciplinary investigations, employment disputes – namely, anything other than requests for compensation). Medical indemnity insurance in Australia typically provide $20 million cover, however different policies apply different sub-limits to non-civil claims – meaning that specific cover will vary between policies. Some policies, not all, also include cover for exposures such as costs towards protecting your reputation (eg. in the event of adverse social media) and pursuing or defending defamation claims, Medicare audits, tax audits, employment disputes, as well as cover for statutory penalties (such as privacy breaches) and loss of income if you are required to attend court. Be aware that some policies impose excesses/deductibles in certain circumstances which must be paid if assistance is required under your policy. Some medical indemnity insurers cover the treatment of public hospital patients if you are not otherwise indemnified. If you provide any medical services overseas, even in the form or teaching or lecturing, you should check with your insurer if you are covered. Medical indemnity insurance in Australia is provided on a ‘claims made’ basis, which means you are required to notify your insurer as soon as you become aware of a claim (or of circumstances which a reasonable person would expect may result in a claim). Any claims made under one policy will continue to be covered by that policy even if you switch insurers. It is also a requirement that your insurance includes adequate retroactive cover for all prior practice in Australia, so it is important you check the retroactive date under your policy (also known as “tail cover”).
Premiums are generally assessed by the doctor’s state of practice, specialisation, claims history and billings band. Not all medical indemnity insurers adopt the same pricing approach and some will specifically assess your premium in accordance with your individual risk profile including actual gross private billings and sub-specialty areas. Some insurers require you to report any increase in income during a policy period (particularly those that adopt a billing band method) and reserve the right to seek additional premium retrospectively. Some insurers offer significant discounts to reward compliance with certain accreditation standards or to assist doctors who are new to private practice. Given the differences in premiums and policies, you may wish to engage an insurance broker who can offer independent advice as to which product is best for you. If you find an insurer that better suits your needs it is possible to switch and your broker can advise you on this also. Your choice of medical indemnity insurance may potentially impact your livelihood, reputation, and savings, so it is in your best interests to investigate your options and find the best policy that suits your individual needs.