Monday, October 09, 2006

The wrong diagnosis, the wrong operation, the wrong medication (or the right medication, in the wrong dose) - preventable medical errors kill an estimated 100,000 Americans each year. It's the eighth leading cause of death in this country!
Two million of us pick up infections each year at the hospitals that are supposed to make us well. Some 90,000 die from those infections. Many more suffer needlessly, are injured or worse.
Research has found that Americans today have a 50/50 chance of getting the right care at the right time. That's no better than a toss of a coin. And for women and people of color, the chance of getting poor care is even greater.