Opinion Paper

Obstetric ultrasound − its risks and the cost of addressing them

Graham Robert Howarth, Stephanie Bown
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 17, No 3 | a274 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v17i3.274 | © 2013 Graham Robert Howarth, Stephanie Bown | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 February 2013 | Published: 01 August 2013

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Graham Robert Howarth, Medical Protection Society, London, United Kingdom
Stephanie Bown, Medical Protection Society, London, United Kingdom

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Until recently, obstetric claims (which are invariably high-value) used to be clustered around problems related to labour. However, a second group of high-value claims is emerging: those related to missed abnormaltities. The value of claims is now so high that a single individual is unable to compensate a claimant adequately, and indemnity is therefore essential. Although such claims are relatively rare, indemnity costs are high as the claims are large. The high value of obstetric claims, including those for missed abnormalities, is reflected in the cost of indemnity for obstetricians and those performing antenatal ultrasound.


obstetric; antenatal; ultrasound; risk


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