Healthcare Policy

Healthcare Policy 17(1) August 2021 : 42-47.doi:10.12927/hcpol.2021.26579
Discussion and Debate

Commentary: Some Questions about No-Fault Reform of the Medical Liability System

Erin L. Nelson

Abstract

No-fault reform has been highlighted as a solution to a pressing problem in the context of Canadian medical malpractice claims: less than 1% of those harmed in the course of medical care receive any compensation for their injuries. Lee et al. (2021) suggest that a shift to a no-fault system is the answer for Canada's malpractice system. No-fault reform would certainly improve access to compensation but compensation is not the only reason to pursue a malpractice claim. Accountability and safety are important considerations that are not addressed by a move to a no-fault system.

 

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