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Preventable medical errors: the sixth biggest killer in America

February 29, 2016

Preventable medical errors kill and seriously injure hundreds of thousands of Americans every year.  Preventing medical errors will lower health care costs, reduce doctors’ insurance premiums, and protect the health and well-being of patients.

An Institute of Medicine study of preventable medical errors estimated as many as 98,000 people die from medical malpractice every year at a cost of $29 billion. If the Centers for Disease Control were to include preventable medical errors as a category, these conclusions would make it the sixth leading cause of death in America.

Yet despite these numbers, people have been led to believe that there are hundreds of thousands of medical negligence lawsuits every year and only a handful of genuine medical errors. In reality, the reverse is true. There are very few medical negligence lawsuits, and hundreds of thousands dying from preventable medical errors.

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