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Medical malpractice kills 98,000 people every year. That doesn't include patients who suffer brain damage, cerebral palsy or amputations because of medical errors.

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The Senate passed health care reform, but some politicians (and of course insurance companies) continue to blame patients who have the guts to sue doctors and hospitals for increased health care costs.

What are the facts?

According to the Institute of Medicine, 98,000 people die every year due to preventable medical mistakes.  And those are deaths - not amputations, cerebral palsy, brain damage or a host of other horrific injuries.

Its the equivalent of two 737s crashing every day.  If that happened, would we put up with it?  Would we blame the passengers?

How can we reduce medical costs?  By reducing medical malpractice (which is by definition a preventable medical error) and putting patients first. 

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