New England Journal of medicine; Profit of Harming Patients

Yet by 2010, a New England Journal of Medicine study that merited page one New York Times attention found no substantial progress. I attributed the decade’s dearth of death reduction to a combination of the invisibility of error (it’s often not egregious), clinical inertia and income. Since then, preventable death estimates have gone as high as 400,000 a year; about 100,000 deaths and more than 1 million injuries is a conservative figure. A study published just two months ago found medication errors in half of all surgical procedures.

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The Profitability of Harming Patients

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