Serbian doctors to have malpractice insurance

An agreement regulating malpractice insurance for doctors will be signed in the following few days – says Director of the Serbian Medical Chamber, Milan Dinic.

He adds that the medical malpractice insurance did exist in Serbia six years ago, and that the country needs to keep up with the latest trends because that kind of insurance is a European standard.

The individual medical malpractice policy will insure general practitioners and specialists to the amount of 12,000 EUR per case which is the biggest damage claim that can be made.

According to Dinic, this type of insurance by no means minimizes criminal responsibility of doctors but will reduce a lot of unnecessary pressure on them knowing that they are legally protected because there “is a big possibility of medical errors happening”.

“In this way, the patients will also be compensated for some kind of lack in medical care, if it occurs. The insurance policy will not be applicable in some very special cases like plastic surgery which is done not with the view of improving the patient’s health but simply with aesthetic reasons in mind, or in situations where certain infections are expected, and which are not caused by a doctor”, Dinic adds.

On a different note, the Director of the Serbian Medical Chamber also said that, in 2015, 820 doctors asked to be issued with a good medical practice certificate, which is one of the main prerequisites when doctors want to immigrate, and that the same number of doctors applied for the certificate in 2016 too.

(eKapija, 12.02.2017)

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