Friday, May 11, 2012

Important Facts about Patient Safety

Important Facts About Medical Malpractice

98,000 die annually

1) According to the Institute of Medicine, medical errors kill 98,000 people every year in the United States, more than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and drunk driving combined.

It’s preventable

2) Medical malpractice is entirely preventable. Human error is behind almost 80% of adverse events in complex healthcare systems, making it the sixth leading cause of preventable death in America.

Insurance reform works

3) Medical malpractice claims and insurance premiums have almost no impact on healthcare costs. Medical malpractice premiums are less than one-half of 1 percent of overall healthcare costs.

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