SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

October 30, 2012

Hospitals? Killing us?

“HOSPITALS ARE KILLING US”

Dr Mercola has so much going on that I almost missed this one. So glad I didn’t,  because finally, here is some documentation which might suggest that I am not just an ole ‘  conspiracy theorist.’  Indeed, my squawking has a point and purpose; that being – –  to assert that spending energy and resources on the pursuit of health is superior to the chimera of ‘procedures’ and ‘pharmaceuticals.’  

The combined effort of The New York Times AND The Wall Street Journal will no doubt carry a bit more clout when they warn that  “HOSPITALS ARE KILLING US”

New York Times and Wall Street Journal Warn that Hospitals are Killing Us   Medical Errors Kill
It’s largely ignored and greatly under-reported. But now the NY Times and Wall Street Journal are sounding the alarm, saying this could be considered the sixth leading cause of death in America. How much of this extreme risk are you taking upon yourself?

Story at-a-glance

  • Medical errors kill the equivalent of four jumbo jets’ worth of passengers every week, but the death toll is being largely ignored
  • It’s estimated that up to 30 percent of all medical procedures, tests and medications may be unnecessary – at a cost of at least $210 billion a year (plus the untold cost of emotional suffering and related complications and even death – which are impossible to put numbers on)
  • Urgent reforms are needed to make medical care safer, and simple steps, like installing cameras in hospitals and making hospital performance / error data public, could have a dramatic effect on patient safety
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