Mediation can cut the Cost of Medical Claims
Mediation can alleviate the trauma for patients and enable medical professionals to communicate and apologise to patients after an adverse event
Monday, 26thJanuary 2015: “It can be a very traumatic time for patients and medical professionals alike when medical procedures don’t work out as expected. Often such cases end up in costly and protracted legal proceedings. Mediation can cut the cost of such disputes and more importantly facilitate timely, confidential and sensitive communication between patients and medical professionals that can help both parties cope emotionally and arrive speedily at a quality resolution,” according to Gerry Rooney, President of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII) who was commenting on the recent appearance of the President of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) before the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children and associated press release issued by the IMO.*
The IMO President Professor Trevor Duffy when addressing the Oireachtas Committee stated that the State Claims Agency has seen the medical claims cost increase substantially from €81million in 2010 to €121.2 million in 2013. He also said that fear of litigation has become a major barrier preventing medical professionals from apologising and communicating with patients following an adverse event.
MII President Rooney who has experience of training mediators in health care settings in the United States said, “The new Health Information Bill should promote mediation as the first step in the process to resolving medical disputes. It would facilitate an early opportunity of a “safe space” for the patient and the medical professional to explore what had happened on an emotional and medical level, and explore what possible remedies would be open both medical and financial to the patient. In the event of the mediation not being successful either party could still pursue the case through the courts and their case would not be compromised by having engaged in mediation. In my experience many such cases are resolved successfully through mediation, the cost of such settlements are significantly lower and both patient and medical professional have had an early opportunity to deal satisfactorily with the emotional trauma involved.”
*IMO Press Release
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About The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland
The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland is the professional association for Mediators in Ireland. It is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to promote the use of quality mediation by ensuring the highest standards of education, training, professional practice and regulation.
The Mediators' Institute of Ireland is a company limited by guarantee and registered in Dublin, Ireland.
Its registration number is 418250.
Registered Office: 31/32 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2, Ireland. Registered Charity CHY16996.
Mediation is a voluntary process of conflict prevention and resolution that allows the parties an opportunity to address their issues in a confidential, private, and safe environment. Mediators are trained in conflict resolution skills and techniques and have the expertise needed to give people the best possible opportunity to resolve their disputes.
Mediation is effective:
• In single-issue and multi-issue disputes
• In two-people and multi-party conflicts
• In developing innovative and sustainable solutions when parties are willing but stuck
• As a preventative intervention early in a conflict
• As an alternative to avoid further costly public litigation
The mediation process improves communication, narrows outstanding issues, defuses emotions and defines areas of agreement. Statistics show a success rate for mediation averaging 80 per cent.
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