Study Pegs Cost of Medical Errors Near $1 Trillion Annually

A study in the Journal of Health Care Finance from Wolters Kluwer finds medical errors in the U.S. may cost up to $1 trillion per year.

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Comments (1)
Seems to me that speculations about unrealized monetary figures never stop. There is no serious basis for these figures. These are not theoretical figures but simply speculations.
What is the cost of not doing medicine? What if one would decide to outlaw medicine based on this one trillion dollar damage figure. Really it would be reasonable if there is no cost benefit then just stop doing medicine altogether.
Now I do not object to improvement.But improvement can only come from structured education, insight, understanding and public awareness and discourse. This would include figures to be published about the benefits of medicine to society and to individuals.
The negative approach will not do any good.

Leslie Huszar MD
Neurologist
Posted by lhuszar | Friday, October 26 2012 at 1:05AM ET
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