Chronology of AMA activities on medical indemnity
Since late 90's the AMA has been highlighting the emerging medical indemnity problem.
- 1999 Medical Indemnity Summit highlights pending crisis
- 2000 AMA sets up Medical Professional Indemnity Task Force - Increasing concern about UMP's financial position - AMA warns of medical indemnity crisis
- 2001 Nov - Calandra Simpson sets awarded record and receives national attention, Dec - The Prime Minister heeds the AMA's call for Federal Government intervention
23 Apr The PM's National Medical Indemnity Summit - universal support received for AMA's plan for tort law reform, including concept of national community funded long-term care and rehabilitation scheme for severely injured patients
29 Apr UMP announces its intention to seek the appointment of a provisional liquidator
30 Apr Senator Coonan and Dr Phelps issue a joint statement incorporating the Government's guarantee to cover UMP members
31 May The PM announces an 'enhanced' guarantee from 30 June to 31 December 2002
2 Oct The final Ipp Panel Report of the Review of the Law of Negligence
23 Oct The Prime Minister announces the Government's medical indemnity 'rescue package'
Oct to Dec AMA's consultation with Government continues
19 Dec First stage of Federal medical indemnity legislation rescue package passes
26 Mar The Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Bill 2002 passes through Senate
28 Mar Senator Coonan meets with the AMA about retirement cover
11 Apr The AMA and key others interested in the medical indemnity industry meet with Treasury to devise DDR cover
23 May Prime Minister announces government will cover the 'blue sky', and short-term solutions to DDR cover, with AMA to work with government on guaranteed affordable long-term DDR cover
Negotiations continued for a secure DDR scheme.
Governments are called on to initiate effective tort law reform and a community funded long term care and rehabilitation scheme.
26 Aug IBNR levy contribution notices sent out by HIC, causing uproar in the profession
Thereafter AMA led by President, Dr Bill Glasson, met with the Prime Minister and other Ministers and worked with high levels of Government on solutions.
14 Sep Queensland AMA IBNR Rally
28 Sep NSW AMA IBNR Rally - 4,000 doctors in attendance
29 Sep Cabinet re-shuffle saw Tony Abbott appointed Health Minister
2 Oct Numbers of hospital and private resignations increased, media attention
4 Oct Mr Abbott (not yet sworn in as Health Minister) met with the AMA who stated the case for changes to the IBNR levy and urgent action for long-term indemnity resolution
7 Oct Minister Abbott announced an IBNR 'moratorium'
10 Oct Government and AMA separate press releases about going forward proposals
13 Oct Dr Glasson and Dr Andrew Pesce appointed as AMA's representatives to the Abbott Panel.
20 Oct Medical Indemnity Kit published in Australian Medicine containing 7 point indemnity plan and actions sheets circulated to all Australian medical practitioners
10 Nov UMP came out of provisional liquidation
8 Dec Final Abbott Review Panel meeting
10 Dec Minister Abbott presented Review Panel's Report to the Prime Minister
15 Dec Cabinet considered Abbott Review Panel's recommendations
18 Dec Joint Media Release of Ministers Abbott and Coonan announcing new medical indemnity arrangements
December 2003 Amendments to the medical indemnity legislation made to effect new Medical Indemnity arrangements
Through out the first half of 2004 the AMA worked closely with the Federal Government and the MDOs on administrative and policy detail required to implement the new arrangements.
Weekly meetings between the AMA and relevant Government officials and regular talks with the insurers have taken place to ensure a smooth roll-out of the indemnity arrangements that provide security and affordability of indemnity cover for all sectors of the medical profession.
By May 2004 provision has been made for 'universal indemnity cover' for doctors and the AMA negotiates for an independent peer review mechanism to determine indemnity contract disputes between doctors and their insurers.
The elements of the Government-backed Run-off Cover Scheme are negotiated and Bills to put the arrangements into effect are presented to Parliament in the May sittings.