New Study Sees Increase in Hospital Errors

According to a study published in the health policy journal Health Affairs, 1 in every 3 patients in a hospital will endure some sort of medical malpractice. The study was performed by a group of medical professionals from the University of Utah. The group determined that while some improvements have consistently been made, the health system is in dire need of serious reform. Editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, Susan Dentzer, commented on the findings of the University of Utah research team: "Without doubt, we've seen improvements in health care over the past decade, and even pockets of excellence, but overall progress has been … [Read more...]

Avoid Medical Malpractice by Being a Safer Patient

According to a study by Hearst Newspapers, medical malpractice claims the lives of approximately 200,000 people a year. The study also asserts that medical malpractice is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. It's frightening to think that almost 200,000 people die each year from preventable mistakes. It would be irresponsible, however, to assume that we, as patients, have no control over the outcome of a doctor's visit or surgical procedure. By being pro-active with our own healthcare, and staying on top of our own treatment, we can work to avoid the potential mistakes that could change, or even end our lives. … [Read more...]