Given the nature of the procedures performed by medical professionals, and the multitude of scenarios where negligence or an accident may occur, it is essential that individuals working in the medical industry have insurance should anything go wrong as a result of their actual or perceived negligence or malpractice.
As South Africa becomes an increasingly more litigious society, so medical practitioners, and establishments performing medical procedures, will provide a more active source of litigation to the legal profession. This trend is compounded by the high earnings potential of such claims for lawyers. The result is that the number of medical malpractice claims, in excess of R5m, has rocketed by 900% over the past decade. The new Consumer Protection Act (CPA), which came into force on 01 April 2011, only further increases medical professionals’ exposure due to the stringent requirements of the Act, as well as heightened consumer awareness.
All medical practitioners, without exception, including physiotherapists, homeopaths, nursing homes, elderly care facilities and other health care professionals, should have the protection of medical malpractice insurance. Patients, and their attorneys, have no compunction about holding medical care givers answerable; with this insurance, these professionals can limit their exposure thereto. Camargue provides Medical Malpractice insurance for establishments and Practitioners:
Medical Malpractice: Indemnifies the Insured for bodily injury or mental injury, illness, disease, or death of any patient or person caused or alleged by malpractice of the Insured
Public Liability: Indemnifies the Insured for bodily injury and/or damages to third-parties as a result of, or allegedly caused by, the Insured. Cover includes an extension for wrongful arrest, including assault in connection therewith and wrongful dismissal of an employee, however, this is subject to a specific sub-limit
Products Liability: Indemnifies the Insured for injury and/or damages to any patients or third-party arising from the nature or condition of any product
Professional Indemnity: Indemnifies the Insured for any breach of professional duty, any breach of implied warranty of authority or of trust committed in good faith, defamation and/or injuria, infringement of copyright, and the destruction of, damage to, or loss of any documents entrusted to the Insured
Camargue’s Medical Establishments policy provides comprehensive cover in respect of:
Cover for Medical Practitioners is provided under:
Camargue’s unique M³ approach to insurance is geared towards managing, mitigating and migrating critical business risks – an outcome achieved through the provision of value-added risk benefits to policyholders. Notwithstanding the coverage provided in terms of the policy, the additional risk management benefits further enhance the Camargue product offering and go beyond simple insurance. The overall result is a well-rounded and complete solution to the risks faced by the medical industry.
Risk Management Services included in the Policy cover:
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