Insurance of Medical Personnel Professional Responsibility as a Form of Legal and Social Responsibility

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Medical professionals are not protected from patients` action in the case of medical negligence or mistake. Anytime patient can
file a medical malpractice claim against medical professional. Nowadays medical negligence claims and mistakes are
increasing. The progress of medical law shows, that patients more often use the rights and legal options to protect their
interests and fundamental rights. The scope of the freedom of medical professionals is limited. They have to act in accordance
with certain standards or an artificially created frame and in the best interests of their patients and protect constitutional rights
of each patient. In case when medical professionals make mistakes and the patients are harmed due to that claims can be
brought. Medical professionals must have insurance or indemnity to protect themselves, but patients also need it. Patients'
rights and possibility to compensate damage depends on how good and qualitative the medical professional liability insurance
or indemnity is. Furthermore, medical professional's mistake is his or her own ethical, prestige and social responsibility in front
of the patients' issue. In order to protect medical professionals and patients the medical professional insurance system has to
cover healthcare practice and provide professional protection against the financial consequences of legal liability, as well as
possible moral compensation. The objective of the paper is to present a summary of medical professional insurance system in
Latvia. The article will provide information about what legal mechanisms shall be improved in order to optimize medical
professionals` insurance system and patients' rights to receive compensation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-326
JournalAcademic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2016


  • medical professionals
  • professional liability insurance,
  • patients

Field of Science*

  • 5.5 Law

Publication Type*

  • 1.4. Reviewed scientific article published in Latvia or abroad in a scientific journal with an editorial board (including university editions)


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