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Medical errors are the third-leading killer in the US, accounting for almost 10 percent of all American deaths.
A 1999 study found that “98,000 people die in hospitals each year due to medical error.” But that figure soars closer to 200,000 annually when you include “doctors who fail to communicate effectively with their colleagues, doctors and nurses who dole out the wrong medications, and doctors who are responsible for causing or spreading hospital infections.”
The leading cause of death for US hospital patients “isn’t heart attack or stroke, but infection,” and one cause is “doctors, nurses and other hospital staff failing to wash their hands as they go from one patient’s room to the next.” Pearl writes that one bacterium, C. diff, causes 14,000 deaths per year, making “decontamination of hands, rooms and hospital surfaces an absolute necessity,” and yet, “at least one-third of the time, doctors fail to wash their hands between patient visits.”
Fifty percent of US doctors use paper, rather than electronic, records, costing money and lives.
Medical providers do better financially when they make mistakes in patient care — because they get paid again to fix the problem.
Government authorities are doing the opposite, helping hospitals conceal superbug outbreaks from the public and deliberately leaving mention of infections off death certificates.
Within three decades, these drug-resistant infections will kill more people globally than all cancers and diabetes combined, according to one review. These germs attack young and old. In one study, researchers report an "ominous" sevenfold increase in drug-resistant infections over eight years among hospitalized children in the U.S.
There are at least a dozen lethal superbugs the CDC has labeled "nightmare bacteria." They're causing tens of thousands of deaths a year in American hospitals. But you wouldn't know it reading death certificates. At least half the time, the infection that actually killed the patient is omitted.
A stronger focus on disease prevention could save 200,000 American lives per year.
“The lack of prevention in our health-care system helps explain why our quality scores pale in comparison with most other industrialized nations,” Pearl writes. The difference in health results between doctors who emphasize prevention and those who don’t should make everyone take notice.
Today’s opiate addiction crisis is a result of deliberate moves by pharmaceutical companies.
“Pain management experts (many found and funded by the manufacturers of these powerful medications) began assuring doctors . . . that dependence and addiction would not occur in the face of genuine pain,” Pearl writes. “Many taught doctors that their patients would become immune to the life-threatening consequences of high-dose administration over time. Therefore, there was no limit to how high the dosages could go.”
Today, with opiate abuse killing 91 people a day in the US, according to the CDC, we know just how wrong this was. “This all but guaranteed users for life,” Pearl writes. “Nearly all of these assertions about the protection from addiction and resistance to overdose have been proven wrong.”
originally posted by: Tardacus
we wouldn`t need insurance if medical billing was done the fair way.
The fair way is to bill people based on their income and ability to pay.
The same way that we pay taxes, the more you make the more you pay, if it`s good enough for the government it should be good enough for the medical industry.
originally posted by: Boadicea
a reply to: rickymouse
This is exactly the kind of research and information we need more of... and more real world applications for our health, both preventative and therapeutic. That would be a good start to true healthcare reform! Unfortunately, too many of our collective resources are channeled to corporate interests.
I can't see this countries medical industry actually being a true medicine, it is a business venture, they make meds to make profits. If your med cures a disease, shortly everyone will be cured and all your income will disappear.