Medical malpractice lawsuits have risen by nearly 25 per a cent over the past 12 months, according to the Australian Dental Association (ADLA).
The ADLA said the increase was largely due to the rising number of dental malpractice claims.
“In the last 12 months we’ve seen a lot of people come forward with injuries that have not been reported to the courts, and that’s really been a problem,” ADLA Chief Executive, Peter Beasley, said.
“The number of complaints that are filed with the courts has increased by more than 250 per cent, and there are more than 100,000 claims that have been filed in the past year alone.”
The ADL is also calling for greater transparency and accountability in the medical profession.
“It is critical that doctors and dental surgeons are held to account, and we are calling for an independent, transparent and accountable medical malpractice investigation commission,” Mr Beasley said.
The association has been working with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to develop a plan to provide greater transparency around the way the medical and dental industries conduct business.
“There’s a lot more information coming out now that’s available in the public domain and that can be a deterrent for the industry to make bad decisions,” Mr Bishara said.
ADLA has been calling for more transparency in the industry.
“We need to do a better job of ensuring that medical professionals are held accountable for the injuries they’re inflicting on patients, and not just the injuries of patients but the injuries that their colleagues inflict on the public,” Mr Meldrum said.