A recent study, shows hospitals fail to report 90% of patient injuries, infections and other safety issues.

A review of patient hospital charts uncovered approximately 350 adverse events (a term researchers use for harms that would not happen to patients if the hospital complied with the accepted standards of care) and shows we do not have an accurate picture of the number of patients harmed by substandard medical care.

This study is one of many since the Institute of Medicine determined 98,000 people die every year due to medical malpractice, and another 1 million people are injured because of medical malpractice.  As far as I know there is no available data for the number of patients injured or killed due to D.C. or Maryland medical malpractice or medical malpractice occurring in D.C. or Maryland hospitals.

One consulting firm found that medical errors - medical malpractice - that harmed patients cost the U.S. $17.1 billion in 2008.

Perhaps our politicians should work on reducing medical malpractice instead of shielding HMOs, hospitals, and healthcare corporations from being held accountable when their malpractice injures or kills a patient.

For a link to the article and studies, click here.  

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