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Schedule 1—Amendments commencing 1 July 2020

Schedule 1 Amendments commencing 1 July 2020

   

Medical Indemnity Act 2002

1  Subsection 4(1)

Insert:

midwife insurer means an insurer that is an eligible insurer within the meaning of the Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010 .

midwife professional indemnity cover has the same meaning as in the Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Act 2010 .

2  Paragraph 34ZZB(1)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  if the allied health profession is midwifery—the practitioner is not:

                              (i)  an eligible midwife for whom a contract of insurance with a midwife insurer provides midwife professional indemnity cover in relation to the claim; or

                             (ii)  an eligible midwife who has a contract of insurance that names the eligible midwife as the only person to whom the insurance cover provided by the contract extends, and that indemnifies the eligible midwife (subject to the terms and conditions of the contract) in relation to claims that may be made against the eligible midwife in relation to incidents that occur or occurred in the course of, or in connection with, the practice by the eligible midwife of the profession of midwifery; and

3  Subsection 34ZZB(2)

Repeal the subsection.

4  Paragraph 34ZZK(1)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  if the allied health profession is midwifery—the practitioner is not:

                              (i)  an eligible midwife for whom a contract of insurance with a midwife insurer provides midwife professional indemnity cover in relation to the claim; or

                             (ii)  an eligible midwife who has a contract of insurance that names the eligible midwife as the only person to whom the insurance cover provided by the contract extends, and that indemnifies the eligible midwife (subject to the terms and conditions of the contract) in relation to claims that may be made against the eligible midwife in relation to incidents that occur or occurred in the course of, or in connection with, the practice by the eligible midwife of the profession of midwifery; and

5  Subsection 34ZZK(2)

Repeal the subsection.

6  Subparagraph 34ZZR(2)(b)(ii)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                             (ii)  practice by the practitioner of midwifery, unless the practitioner is an eligible midwife for whom a contract of insurance with a midwife insurer provides midwife professional indemnity cover in relation to the other claims, or an eligible midwife who has a contract of insurance that names the eligible midwife as the only person to whom the insurance cover provided by the contract extends, and that indemnifies the eligible midwife (subject to the terms and conditions of the contract) in relation to claims that may be made against the eligible midwife in relation to incidents that occur or occurred in the course of, or in connection with, the practice by the eligible midwife of the profession of midwifery.

7  Subsection 34ZZR(3)

Repeal the subsection.

8  Transitional provision—eligible midwives

(1)       Despite the amendments of section 34ZZB of the Medical Indemnity Act 2002 by this Schedule, an allied health high cost claim indemnity is payable to an eligible MDO or eligible insurer if:

                     (a)  a claim is, or was, made against an eligible midwife; and

                     (b)  the claim relates to:

                              (i)  an incident that occurs or occurred before 1 July 2021; or

                             (ii)  a series of incidents, the first of which occurs or occurred before 1 July 2021; and

                     (c)  either:

                              (i)  the claim does not relate to provision of treatment to a patient during a pregnancy where the pregnancy ends on or after 1 July 2021; or

                             (ii)  if the claim relates to provision of treatment to a patient during a pregnancy where the pregnancy ends on or after 1 July 2021—the eligible midwife is not a person for whom a contract of insurance with a midwife insurer provides midwife professional indemnity cover on or after 1 July 2021 in relation to the claim; and

                     (d)  an allied health high cost claim indemnity in relation to the claim would have been payable under that section if those amendments had not been made.

(2)       Despite the amendments of section 34ZZK of the Medical Indemnity Act 2002 by this Schedule, the Chief Executive Medicare may issue a certificate stating that a claim is a qualifying allied health claim if:

                     (a)  the claim is a claim that is or was made against an eligible midwife; and

                     (b)  the claim relates to:

                              (i)  an incident that occurs or occurred before 1 July 2021; or

                             (ii)  a series of incidents, the first of which occurs or occurred before 1 July 2021; and

                     (c)  either:

                              (i)  the claim does not relate to provision of treatment to a patient during a pregnancy where the pregnancy ends on or after 1 July 2021; or

                             (ii)  if the claim relates to provision of treatment to a patient during a pregnancy where the pregnancy ends on or after 1 July 2021—the eligible midwife is not a person for whom a contract of insurance with a midwife insurer provides midwife professional indemnity cover on or after 1 July 2021 in relation to the claim; and

                     (d)  the Chief Executive Medicare could have issued a certificate in relation to the claim under subsection 34ZZK(1) of that Act if those amendments had not been made.

(3)       Despite the amendments of section 34ZZR of the Medical Indemnity Act 2002 by this Schedule, an incident or series of related incidents is covered by subsection 34ZZR(2) if:

                     (a)  the incident or series of related incidents occur or occurred in the course of, or in connection with, the practice of midwifery by an eligible midwife; and

                     (b)  the incident, or the first of the series of related incidents, occurs or occurred before 1 July 2021; and

                     (c)  either:

                              (i)  the incident or series of related incidents do not or did not occur in the course of providing treatment to a patient during a pregnancy where the pregnancy ends on or after 1 July 2021; or

                             (ii)  if the incident or series of related incidents occur or occurred in the course of providing treatment to a patient during a pregnancy where the pregnancy ends on or after 1 July 2021—the eligible midwife is not a person for whom a contract of insurance with a midwife insurer provides midwife professional indemnity cover on or after 1 July 2021 in relation to a claim relating to the incident or series of related incidents; and

                     (d)  the incident or series of related incidents would have been covered by that subsection if those amendments had not been made.