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A survey has revealed the seriousness of the medical error issues in the US health system. One third of US people claim that they or a family member has been the victim of a preventable medical mistake. The medical mistakes often result in pain (16%), disability and in extreme cases even death (8%). Most people believed that health care has deteriorated over the last few years. Consumers want medical errors reported publicly but the medical field fears increasing litigation.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by WebMd Medical News
About: Medical errors still prevalent in the US
Date: 17 November 2004
Source: WebMd Medical News
Author: Todd Zwillich
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