The Watch Dog Blog recently posted an analysis of a new federal report on the quality of care received by Medicare patients. The results are sad and shocking. One in seven patients was found to have experienced harmful medical care while at a hospital. The consequences of that poor medical care were widespread-from extended hospital stays to death. In all cases, the complications cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
Specifically the report reveals that 1.5% of Medicare beneficiaries died as a result of mistakes in their medical care. In raw numbers, that total number of patients is shockingly large. Over 15,000 patients are killed each month in part because of those medical mistakes. Over 134,000 patients suffered a variety of non-fatal injuries because of error-from medication problems to treatment delays.
The cost of these errors is estimated to be $324 million per month in additional taxpayer bills. Over the course of a year these mistakes increase Medicare payments by an astounding $4.4 billion.
Medicare is the federal government health care assistance program for the elderly. The results of this particular study were culled from a U.S. Health & Human Services review of a national sample of 780 Medicare patients.
Our Chicago malpractice lawyers at Levin & Perconti are proud to fight for the victims of inadequate medical care. Research pours in every day which reinforces the truth that too many medical professionals provide negligent care to patients who depend on them. There will never be certain outcomes in the field of medicine. However, by diligently enforcing reasonable standards of conduct, we can ensure that each patient is given the best chance possible at beating their illness or ailment.
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