CAN I SUE MY MID­WIFE?

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I paid for the ser­vices of a pri­vate mid­wife but due to com­pli­ca­tions gave birth at a public hos­pi­tal. I went to the mid­wife to re­quest she re­fund me the R18 000 I paid her. She re­fused and said it wasn’t her fault I gave birth at a public hos­pi­tal. ANONY­MOUS, CEN­TU­RION

As a client, you have a right to be re­funded for ser­vices not ren­dered. The mid­wife is not legally en­ti­tled to keep your money if the ser­vice was not pro­vided be­cause of hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion or death.

Hav­ing com­pli­ca­tions and giv­ing birth at a public hos­pi­tal was be­yond your con­trol and the mid­wife is legally re­quired to re­fer all preg­nant women with com­pli­ca­tions to hos­pi­tal.

Since the re­fund you are re­quest­ing is be­low R20 000, you can sue her via the small claims court. You don’t need an at­tor­ney to do this.

‘The mid­wife is not legally en­ti­tled to keep your money’

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