Our expert says:
Firstly I am surprised that an error of 4 weeks was made. Did the gynae scan you, or was this just using your dates?
It is unfortunate that you missed the 12 week screening , but the blood tests at 16 weeksalthough not quite as accurate, are still a good screeni9ng method. If you have screened positive here, it is likely that you would have screened positive with the 12 week testing as well. I am not sure why you are paying so much. An amniocentesis should cost under R1000 for the procedure and about R1000 - R1500 for the lab testing.
In terms of your recourse, there has not been any medical mishap. You have still been screened. Your only complaint would be the anxiety of a later test and you probably wouldn't get any compensation for that.You could write to the HPCSA if you wanted to complain about the gynaecologist.
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