Some Hospital's outcomes 4-5 times worse than others - Kept Secret

Posted September 19th, 2012 by kelvin
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The number of U.S. patients killed annually by medical errors is equivalent to 4 jumbo jets crashing each week. Some prestigious hospitals participating in a national collaborative to measure surgical complications have four to five times more complications as other hospitals. It’s the kind of data that, if you had access to it, would help you know just where to find the best care. But you don’t. And that is precisely the problem with the entire system: because a hospital’s outcomes are hidden from the public, neither consumers nor payers have any way of measuring whether the medicine they provide is good, adequate, or even safe.

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kelvin 2 years 32 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago

If there were some competition in healthcare, maybe this data would become available. Right now, it appears to be almost a crap-shoot. Doctors / Surgeons should also publish their outcome statistics. The best should be bragging about it, and the worst should be improving or getting out of the business.

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