Taxpayers covering compo payouts for non-doctors due to bureaucratic bungle

Review recommends legislative amendment to close the loophole

Millions of dollars have potentially been squandered covering compensation payouts to nurses, pharmacists and other non-doctors after they were inadvertently included in the High Cost Claims Scheme set up during the indemnity crisis nearly 20 years ago.

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The scheme, designed to ensure doctors in high-risk specialties like neurosurgery and obstetrics were indemnified so they could continue to practise, means taxpayers have covered 50% of any compensation payment made against doctors above a $300,000 threshold. 

But according to a Federal Government review handed to ministers

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