Counting the cost: The consequences of increased medical malpractice litigation in South Africa

J Malherbe


We live in uncertain times. The recession in Europe and ongoing political instability in the Middle East are each examples of what could legally be termed a ‘statement of fact’. The rising cost of healthcare in South Africa is another fact. This phenomenon is accompanied by an even more disturbing trend: a steep rise in medical malpractice litigation. An important question to consider is what effect this increase is having on healthcare provision in South Africa generally.

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J Malherbe, Associate at Norton Rose in SA

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South African Medical Journal 2013;103(2):83-84. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.6457

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Date submitted: 2012-10-30
Date published: 2012-12-11

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