That makes medical errors the third leading cause of death in the US.
Medical errors kill more of us than motor vehicle accidents, firearms, AND opioid overdoses – added together.
Efforts to fix this problem are woefully under-funded, poorly co-ordinated, and often ignored by stakeholders. That’s likely due to poor reporting and tabulation of medical errors and the repercussions thereof.
It is stunning indeed that a $3.4 billion industry whose sole focus is to preserve and protect our health kills a quarter million people a year – and we didn’t know this until a few weeks ago.
What’s even more disturbing is this story has been all but ignored by mainstream media.
What does this mean for you?
Ask questions, demand answers, be forceful, and don’t accept platitudes. And hold doctors, hospitals, and caregivers accountable.