Sunday, June 21, 2009

Medical errors

According to an article in the June 29, 2009 issue of Time magazine, medical errors are the 8th leading cause of death in the US.
 
And that's just death -- how many patients each year are damaged due to medical errors?  I'll never work again because an arrogant doctor chose to overrule several experts' diagnoses in order to substitute a diagnosis of something I never had and therefore couldn't be cured of.  Had he listened to me at the first appointment, when I told him what should correctly be prescribed, I might've been back to work in a few weeks.
 
I've had patients who met post-traumatic stress disorder criteria... where their trauma was their interaction with their physician around this illness. They came to a doctor with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; they left the doctor with PTSD.
         – Nancy Klimas, M.D.
Miami Herald, March 24, 2009
www.miamiherald.com/living/story/963475.html
 
In fact, 77% of CFS patients report negative experiences with health care providers, and 66% believe the treatment they received made them worse.
 
Where's the outcry over the number of people who are damaged/disabled/dead due to medical errors?  The problem in American health care today isn't just the number of uninsured, it's the number who suffer at the hands of the medical profession, thus requiring additional expensive treatment.

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