Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have released a study showing that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States.

“It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeing care,” said Martin Makary, a professor of surgery who led the research.

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not require reporting errors in the data it collects about deaths through billing codes; Makary says the CDC should update these rules to provide information about preventable deaths.

For more information: The Washington Post

 

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