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Facing up: SA doctors fear virtual consults could lead to legal disputes

A survey finds that while SA doctors see the benefits of telemedicine, they are concerned about possible litigation

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While telemedicine has become a fundamental tool during the Covid-19 pandemic, SA doctors fear if they miss something during virtual consults they could open themselves up to possible litigation.

The Medical Protection Society (MPS) — which represents 32,000 health care professionals in SA — recently conducted a survey among 512 doctors.

Fifty-six percent agreed the benefits of telemedicine had been unquestionable during Covid-19, and it would remain a fundamental tool in practice...

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