Patient Safety






Big Pharma Pays Thousands of Bad Docs

 How Pharmaceutical Industry Dollars Reach Your Doctors. By Mike Tigas, Ryann Grochowski Jones, Charles Ornstein, and Lena Groeger, ProPublica.  Drug companies spend $30 billion annually on marketing. More than $2 billion in payments to doctors, other medical providers and...

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25 Cities Where You Don’t Want to Get Sick

By Thomas C. Frohlich, 247wallst.com. 25.  Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ  > 30 day readmission rate:16.4% (highest 10%) > 30 day mortality rate:13.3% > Preventable hospitalizations: 48.6 per 1,000 patients > No. of physicians: 46.7 per 100,000 (lowest 10%)...

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The Biggest Mistakes Doctors Make

Misdiagnoses are harmful and costly. But they’re often preventable. A patient with abdominal pain dies from a ruptured appendix after a doctor fails to do a complete physical exam. A biopsy comes back positive for...

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Surgery to Avoid

By Nicholas Bakalkar, The New York Times.  Even Minor Procedures Come With Major Risks The four operations discussed below are often over performed. Some are moneymakers for doctors and hospitals, others are expedient and still...

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Medical Secrets

By J. Klein, for APRA.  Hospitals Everyone who seeks treatment at a hospital emergency room or an urgent care center associated with a hospital in America risks unnecessary admission, financial ruin and even death. Preventable...

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