Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Surgical Errors

Surgical errors, in other words mistakes that should have been prevented, are costing employers an estimated $1.47 billion each year according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The estimate was reached reviewing records of 161,000 adult patients who underwent surgery in 2001 and 2002 and were enrolled in employer-sponsored health plans. In other words, this isn't the whole picture.

Anyone interested in the hidden costs of mainstream medicine should read Shannon Brownlee's award-winning book OVERTREATED: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer.

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