The cost of indemnity for obstetricians a looming future crisis

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) 2017 Conference is currently underway at the Cape Town International Convention Centre until 22 March.

One of the topics being discussed is the future of the obstetric profession which is believed to be under threat.

Dr Howard Manyonga, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Head of the Birthing Team at PPO Serve, says the indemnity for obstetricians is quite different from other indemnities in the medical field.

He says there is a long tail after the delivery procedure in which there's an allowance of a lawsuit against the obstetrician until baby turn 18.

There are reports that most obstetricians leave the profession early to avoid lawsuits after retirement.

You have to cover that tail adequately otherwise you'll be exposed after retirement. You don't want to be facing litigation without the cover of indemnity.

Dr Howard Manyonga, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Head of the Birthing Team at PPO Serve

The causality of a disability related to birth is an area where obstetricians grapple with having to figure out whether it was something that happened during pregnancy or during birth. It is quite difficult to disentangle the causality of a lot of problems that end up in litigation.

Dr Howard Manyonga, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Head of the Birthing Team at PPO Serve

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