Civil Liability of Regional Health Services: The Case of the Piedmont Region

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Sep 22;18(19):9954. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18199954.


Civil liability represents one of the main responsibilities for healthcare facilities; it is the legal responsibility of paying money for damage to a person's health. Even though this responsibility plays a key role in the economic sustainability of healthcare facilities, the literature does not enough investigate this responsibility in regional health services. The paper aims to define the evolution of compensation models for health civil liability adopted by regional health services. Through a longitudinal case study, the paper investigates the compensation model by a leading regional health service. The finding highlights the evolution of the compensation model for health civil liability adopted by a leading Regional Health Service from 1990 to 2021. It describes a transition from an insurance model to a mixed model based on self-coverage up to a set economic level, an insurance policy with self-insurance retention and deductible for all claims. The research contributes to the literature and practice throughout the definition of a compensation model for damages based on self-insurance of regional health service and insurance policies. The research promotes a compensation model used by a leading regional health service.

Keywords: civil liability; healthcare facilities; insurance; national health service; patient safety; piedmont region; regional health service; self-retention.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Compensation and Redress
  • Health Services
  • Humans
  • Insurance*
  • Liability, Legal*