Opt for local insurers, doctors told


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 30 Jan 2003

BY M. KRISHNAMOORTHY

KUALA LUMPUR: Doctors here have paid more than RM62mil in indemnity coverage to a British-based insurer, the Medical Protection Society (MPS), over the last 17 years. 

Medical Defence Malaysia (MDM) Bhd warned that the huge outflow of funds would continue if doctors did not opt for local insurers. 

MDM chairman Dr Eddie Soo said Malaysian doctors paid RM8.3mil in premiums in 2001 to the MPS. 

“The premiums, also called subscription fees, have increased progressively and this year they are expected to increase between 16% and 28%. 

“On the other hand, there has been no increase in the subscriptions paid by MDM members and subscribers of the Malaysian Medical Indemnity scheme (MMI). These policies are underwritten by a pool of local insurers,” he said in an interview. 

He said the MPS cited the increase in medical malpractice cases in Malaysia as the reason for the higher premiums. 

“This is not substantiated by any statistics,” he said. 

Dr Soo added that there were several negative implications in the increase in suits against medical negligence.  

He said they might give a negative impression of the doctors here and affect the government’s health tourism plans. 

He said an average of RM2mil is used to pay successful claimants annually as well as legal fees in Malaysia. 

“Malaysian doctors wonder whether the increase in the MPS premiums is a result of increasing claims by other Commonwealth countries that subscribe to the body. 

“The premiums would be better used by the local insurance industry,” Dr Soo said.  

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