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Medical Event Compensation Fund - what you need to know

MedExpress Team

Published Jan. 9, 2024 10:29

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In response to numerous requests to the authors of the series, we are separately posting the entire text and presentation on the Medical Event Compensation Fund. Together part 4 - 6.

Medical Event Compensation Fund

It must be clearly emphasized that the Medical Event Compensation Fund, is an important component of the system that affects the quality of health care.

The impact on healthcare quality stems from several circumstances:

1) First, because of the introduction, through the regulation of the Medical Event Compensation Fund, of the so-called "no fault" system;

2) Second, because of the simplification of the claims process for patients;

3) Third, because of the reduction in the time it takes for patients to pursue claims;

4) Fourth, due to the introduction of the principle of applying analyses of the irregularities found and preparing corrective measures for patient safety in entities where medical incidents have occurred.

Important date

Patients can apply to the Fund starting September 6, 2023.

What is a "non fault" system?

The no-fault system was introduced in Sweden as early as the 1970s. All medical facilities in the country take out mandatory no-fault patient insurance.

When an adverse medical event occurs, it is not necessary to rule on whose fault it occurred. It is enough to prove that it occurred and that the patient suffered a loss for which compensation is due.

Instead of asking: "who was at fault ?", the most important question is: "did the patient suffer harm ?".

Separately, analyses of events causing damage are conducted and answers are sought to the question "why did something go wrong ?"

Treatment in hospital

The provisions on compensation benefits from the Medical Event Fund shall apply to medical events occurring in the course of providing or as a result of providing or failing to provide publicly funded health care services under the terms of the Act of August 27, 2004 on publicly funded health care services in a hospital within the meaning of Article 2(1)(9) of the Act of April 15, 2011.

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