Medicare's new chief has called for improving patient safety following that report. In fact, the article reported that 15,000 people per month suffered a complication that contributed to their death, according to the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services.
This stunning statistic is not new. In fact, only ten years ago, the Intitute of Medicine warned that up to 98,000 people a year die from medical malpractice. The report confirmed that hospitals are dangerous, especiallly since infections run rampant and there are always opportunities for errors, omissions from communication mistakes and inexperienced health care doctors, nurses and technicians.
The inspector general's report described that 134,000 Medicare patients suffered at least one adverse event while in a hospital. Here's a key statistic from that report: 44% of those errors and mistakes were preventable. Unbelievable.
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