Nov 20 2014

How California Works To Not Improve Patient Safety

They say you should learn from your mistakes, and they are right. That’s how growth and development happen. But it is hard, and usually impossible, to learn from your mistakes if you don’t know what they are.  So when hospitals fail to report medical errors, or lump all of them together into the nebulous category […]

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Nov 20 2014

“Health Insurance” Not Necessarily Good For Patients’ Health

According to the Hippocratic Oath, a doctor must first do no harm.  But the influence of health insurance companies on modern doctors raises the question of exactly who doctors are bent on not harming: their patients, or their corporate benefactors.  This subject was the topic of a recent, disturbing op-ed piece in the NY Times, […]

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Jul 31 2014

The Hidden Epidemic of Medical Errors

Some of the leading causes of death in this country are preventable, but none as much as the third: Fatal medical errors. The figures are sobering: The US Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging recently held hearings in response to a study by the Journal of Patient Safety that estimated the annual number of […]

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