Healthcare in the United States is not as safe as it should be. In fact, medical errors are a leading cause of death and injury. A recent Johns Hopkins study found that medical errors result in more than 250,000 deaths per year, making them the country’s third-leading cause of death. Research also indicates that 1 in 5 U.S. adults have experienced a medical error. Many of these mistakes have a long-term impact on the patient’s physical and emotional health, relationships, and finances.
Given that Americans spend more on healthcare than any other nation in the world, we should have little tolerance for mistakes such as misdiagnosis, surgical errors, and medication errors. At a bare minimum, we should expect that the treatment won’t do more harm than good.
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