Table 2 Claims rates and pay rates by specialty (all hospitals) in 1997–2004
SpecialtyNo of claimsNo of dischargesClaims rate (%)Paid claims rate (%)
Hand surgery263383600.6958
Orthopaedics56728371730.6860
Surgery cardiothoracic8421286580.6535
Neurosurgery446898920.5039
Ophthalmology357950190.3844
Surgery transplantation67206500.3251
Plastic surgery208655630.3237
Gynaecology/obstetrics332312977840.2653
Rehab. adult122416170.2936
Surgery general491218428670.2746
Otolaryngology8283297730.2546
Urology3711544980.2460
Aftercare1259150.2042
Paediatrics neonatal43213000.2042
Nephrology62331620.1937
Surgery paediatric140777390.1867
Oncology, gynaecological49382440.1331
Rehab. paediatric438890.1050
Psychiatry general4494621620.1028
Cardiology2893024670.1034
Rheumatology51545620.0947
Neurology1311452010.0935
Emergency department1491713290.0934
Oncology/haematology1632127830.0829
Chest medicine761242390.0650
Dermatology and STDs12204040.068
Infectious diseases1923265360.0636
Endocrinology20517830.0430
Geriatrics1093388460.0335
General medicine107933576670.0338
Psychiatry paediatric5181810.0360
Paediatrics1726577360.0349
Miscellaneous27461450861.8951
Total23364115110850.2049.5
  • Paid claims rate is the percentage of filed claims for which payment was authorised following review.