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Surgical Error: The Difference Between Mistake And Complication

Mon, 03/07/2011 - 4:04am
Martin Young, MBChB, FCS(SA)

One of the benefits, or aberrations, depending on your point of view, of the fee-for-service model is that we surgeons are remunerated for correcting our mistakes and complications.

At first glance this seems wrong. But perspectives differ, and when a doctor has to deal with serious, undeserved complications and is self-employed he deserves to be compensated adequately. So what really is the difference between the two?

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