On the one hand, we can't get care. On the other hand, getting care might kill us
I was reading this article about how 1 in 7 medicare patients, have an "adverse event" in the hospital that prolongs their stay, causes permanent damage or death. It is estimated that 15,000 medicare patients die each month due to these events. Adverse events being medical errors - wrong medication, bad reaction to medication, hospital acquired infection, surgical errors, falls, etc. It is really hard to believe it is this bad but I guess it is. Very sad. Scary.
Eesh. Sounds like the pre-collapse Soviet Union, eh?
Please, could somebody point me to a system that just works? I'm really curious, at this point, to know.
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