Second Reading Speeches

Medical and Midwife Indemnity Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

Type
Government
Portfolio
Health
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
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Summary

Amends the:

Medical Indemnity Act 2002
to: clarify eligible related claims for the purposes of aggregation; and clarify that the High Cost Claim Scheme (HCCS) and the Exceptional Claims Scheme (ECS) are only intended to apply in respect of medical practitioners;
Age Discrimination Act 2004
,
Medical Indemnity Act 2002
and
Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010
to clarify eligibility for the Run off Cover Schemes and permit access for medical practitioners and eligible midwives retiring before the age of 65;
Medical Indemnity Act 2002
and
Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010
to: clarify the intent of the medical indemnity law that payments will only be made if the claim relates to the provision of a health service; and make administrative changes to streamline and clarify the operation of the legislation;
Medical Indemnity Act 2002
,
Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Act 2003
,
Medical Indemnity (Run-off Cover Support Payment) Act 2004
and
Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010
to restructure and consolidate medical and midwife indemnity legislative instruments; and
Medical Indemnity Act 2002
and
Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Act 2003
to: require all medical indemnity insurers to provide universal cover to medical practitioners; and create high cost claim and exceptional claims schemes for allied health professionals, and enable private sector employee midwives to access these schemes. Also: repeals the
Medical Indemnity (Competitive Advantage Payment) Act 2005
and
Medical Indemnity (UMP Support Payment) Act 2002
to remove redundant payments; and makes consequential amendments to five Acts.