Compensation, Ideology and Patient Safety in New Zealand’s No-Fault System

Ken Oliphant


As the idea of no-fault compensation for medical injuries attracts increasing attention in Europe, the experience of the New Zealand Accident Compensation Scheme offers an educational case history. This paper traces the different phases of the Scheme's approach to compensating medical injuries, and considers the rival ideologies underlying the divergent approaches adopted and what they say about the methods that consecutive governments have employed in order to secure patient safety.

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