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Statistical results of being treated by medical doctors in a hospital:. ALL THESE ARE DEATHS PER YEAR: 12,000 -- unnecessary surgery 7,000 -- medication errors in hospitals 20,000 -- other errors in hospitals 80,000 -- infections in hospitals

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statistical results of being treated by medical doctors in a hospital

Statistical results of being treated by medical doctors in a hospital:

ALL THESE ARE DEATHS PER YEAR:

12,000 -- unnecessary surgery

7,000 -- medication errors in hospitals

20,000 -- other errors in hospitals

80,000 -- infections in hospitals

106,000 -- non-error, negative effects of drugs

These total to 225,000 deaths per year from iatrogenic causes!!

225,000 deaths per year constitutes the third leading cause of death in the United States, after deaths from heart disease and cancer.

Source: JAMA Oct. 2000

results of the same errors performed in the outpatient office scenario

Results of the same errors performed in the outpatient-office scenario:

116 million extra physician visits

77 million extra prescriptions

17 million emergency department visits

8 million hospitalizations

3 million long-term admissions

199,000 additional deaths

$77 billion in extra costs

Source: JAMA, 7-26-2000 vol. 284, #4

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For 16 available health indicators, the US ranks on average 12th out of 13 industrial countries. Ranking first is Japan followed by Sweden, Canada, France, Australia, Spain, Finland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Belgium, the United States, and Germany. For three of the indicators, the US ranks dead last: low-birth-weight percentages, overall neonatal and infant mortality, and years of potential life lost.Jama, July 26, 2000

the world health organization ranking of health care systems

The World Health Organization ranking of Health care Systems

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