Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Not Responsible For Rising Healthcare Costs

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Public Citizen has released a comprehensive new report surveying the healthcare landscape and revealing that not only are medical malpractice lawsuits not responsible for rising healthcare costs, malpractice lawsuits are in fact at the lowest levels in history. The report flies in the face of claims by Republican lawmakers seeking to blame injury lawsuits for escalating health costs, and leveraging those false claims to seek new legislation to limit recoveries for seriously injured patients. [Read more…]

Complexity of Health Care System Contributes to Patient Deaths from Preventable Medical Errors

Complexity of Health Care System Contributes to Patient Deaths from Preventable Medical Errors

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) reports that nearly 250,000 Americans die every year as a result of medical mistakes in hospitals and other health care facilities — mistakes that are entirely preventable. Medical errors are now the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer. In “The Real Cause of Deadly Medical Errors,” Ashish Jha outlines for Scientific American exactly what constitutes a medical error how this systemic failure results in wholly unnecessary suffering for patients. [Read more…]

Medical Errors Estimated to be Third Leading Cause of Death in United States

Medical Errors Estimated to be Third Leading Cause of Death in United States

There are 251,454 deaths as a result of medical malpractice every year – this equates to nearly 700 deaths a day and makes up 9.5% of annual deaths in the U.S. According to Johns Hopkins University researchers, it is estimated that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the nation, following heart disease and cancer. Preventable medical errors in hospitals and other health care facilities claim the lives of Americans more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. [Read more…]