Journal article

Update: International report - No-fault compensation in New Zealand: Harmonizing injury compensation, provider accountability, and patient safety

M Bismark, R Paterson

HEALTH AFFAIRS | PROJECT HOPE | Published : 2006

Abstract

In 1974 New Zealand jettisoned a tort-based system for compensating medical injuries in favor of a government-funded compensation system. Although the system retained some residual fault elements, it essentially barred medical malpractice litigation. Reforms in 2005 expanded eligibility for compensation to all "treatment injuries," creating a true no-fault compensation system. Compared with a medical malpractice system, the New Zealand system offers more-timely compensation to a greater number of injured patients and more-effective processes for complaint resolution and provider accountability. The unfinished business lies in realizing its full potential for improving patient safety.