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In Costa Rica, Sanction For Malpractice Is A ¢200 Fine and Maxium 120 Day Suspension

From the unbelievable to the ultra-ridiculous in Costa Rica, Doctors who commit mala praxis – malpractice – are exposed to a suspension, yes, a suspension and a ¢200 colones fine, due to an obsolete law dating back to 1962.

If the Ethics Tribunal of the College of Physicians (Tribunal de Ética del Colegio de Médicos) or Medical Association determines the liability of one of its members in a case of malpractice, it only has the power to suspend the medical doctor for a period of 4 months.
In addition, as there is a principle of innocence, medical professionals suspected of negligent injury can continue to practice their profession, despite the suspension.
The debate on this issue has resurfaced with the death of a 41-year-old woman, identified publicly only

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