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What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Healthcare

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  • One in four patients in a hospital is harmed in some way from a medical mistake
  • An estimated 30 percent of all medical procedures, tests and medications may be unnecessary – at a cost of at least $750 billion a year
  • For the past two years, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, one of the largest physician organizations in the US, has released reports on the most overused tests and treatments that provide limited or no benefit to the patient, or worse, causes more harm than good. The list currently includes a total of 135 different tests, procedures, and treatments
  • Once you’re hospitalized, you’re immediately at risk for medical errors, so one of the best safeguards is to have someone there with you. This is particularly important for pediatric patients, and the elderly. Helpful tips and questions to ask to help prevent avoidable medical errors are discussed

By Dr. Mercola

Medical errors are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and what's even more shocking is that the harm often is preventable.

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