Report: Hungary lacks medical culture
Hungary lacks the culture for handling medical malpractice but legal issues are likely to gather pace in health care, Hungarian business daily Világgazdaság reported today, quoting a report from market researcher Szinapszis.
The report reveals that approximately 500 lawsuits are filed every year for alleged medical malpractice. Compensation ordered by courts reaches HUF 2 bln per year. Out of the interviewed doctors, 32% had been involved in lawsuits alleging medical malpractice while 40% had been threatened to be taken to court by their patients who eventually dropped the case.
According to Szinapszis’ report, 90% of dissatisfied patients said they would have had grounds to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice but decided not to.
As to the doctors, 16% said professionals as a whole were not at all prepared to handle issues involving patients' rights, while 45% said they were not sufficiently prepared.
The majority of patients are dissatisfied with doctors' attitude rather than with the quality of health care, concludes Szinapszis. Nearly 40% of the patients said the information they received from doctors was insufficient.
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