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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 6 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 1913..


Health—compensation claims (Question No 292)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 15 May 2014:

(1) How much has the Health Directorate paid to patients of the obstetrics department in medical compensation in each of the past 10 financial years.

(2) How many cases of medical compensation occurred in each of those years.

(3) What is the average value paid to each patient in each of those years.

(4) What is the annual cost of (a) external legal, (b) medical and (c) administrative services to assist in resolving medical compensation claims.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) These amounts reflect payments made by ACT Health for litigated medical negligence matters within the areas of obstetrics and gynaecology.

Financial Year payments made Compensation paid for Medical Malpractice Claims 2003/2004 $152,500.00 2004/2005 $495,734.75 2005/2006 $257,155.91 2006/2007 $400,000.00 2007/2008 $233,863.06 2008/2009 $4,764,000.00 2009/2010 $985,000.00 2010/2011 $652,778.42 2011/2012 $4,863,258.78 2012/2013 $2,785,715.05

(2) This table reflects the number of obstetrics medical negligence claims received by ACT Health during the past 10 financial years. This data includes all claims within the areas of obstetrics and gynaecology.

Financial Year claim commenced Number of Medical Malpractice claims 2003/2004 2 2004/2005 18 2005/2006 6 2006/2007 3 2007/2008 3 2008/2009 4 2009/2010 5 2010/2011 5 2011/2012 6 2012/2013 12


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