Ασφάλιση ιατρικής ευθύνης : μια οικονομική προσέγγιση
Medical malpractice insurance : an economic perspective
KeywordsΙατρικό σφάλμα ; Δυσμενές συμβάν ; Ιατρική αμέλεια ; Ιατρική ασφάλιση ; Αστική ευθύνη ιατρών ; Οικονομική επιβάρυνση ; Medical error ; Adverse event ; Medical negligence ; Medical liability ; Medical malpractice insurance ; Financial burden
Medical errors and adverse events occur in healthcare systems worldwide with an increased rate due to the increasing complexity of practical in modern medicine. The judicial compensation claims due to medical negligence are rising today with a substantial rate. This emerge the necessity for insurance for medical malpractice. The aim of this study is to investigate weather doctors, regardless of their specialty, status or job position, recognize the necessity for medical insurance and weather they are covered by an insurance plan for medical malpractice. In order to conduct the research, an anonymous questionnaire was distributed. This questionnaire was fully filled out by 900 doctors from all over the Greek territory. The results showed that the majority of doctors practicing in Greece consider that the need for this kind of insurance is ‘very’ to ‘very much’. In addition, medical specialties that often insured for medical malpractice and for larger amounts, are usually surgical specialties.