In Newsweek September 17, 2012, John Hopkins surgeon, Marty Makary addressed a number of problems within our healthcare system that employees do not talk about. Professionals are aware of these problems but they do not speak of these issues. Fear prevents them from speaking. For the few that do, they are fired. Termination is then blamed on other factors.
This is about educating people to take their life and healthcare under control. Save your life and those you care about. Please read this interesting article 3 page article. Click on the link below, or cut and paste the link into your browser.
John Makary, M.D. a surgeon from John Hopkins, and author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care.
The article written in Newsweek by John Makary, M.D. highlights the following:
- “The number of U.S. patients killed annually by medical errors is equivalent to 4 jumbo jets crashing each week.” Would we tolerate that?
- 1 out of 5 medications, tests, & procedures unnecessary
- 30-40% healthcare expenditures fraudulent
- Prestigious hospitals have 4-5 times more surgical complications as other hospitals
- Good hospitals have areas “poorly” performing service
- Hospital outcomes hidden from public
- How can you measure if medicine is good, adequate or safe without knowledge or awareness?
- 2010 New England Journal of Medicine study 25% hospitalized patients experience preventable medical errors
- 100,000 die annually due to errors
- 6th leading cause of death, if medical errors were considered a disease
- Disparity in quality of healthcare is no secret with hospital staff
- Everyone knows about problem & few talk about it
- “Hospitals sometimes fire doctors and nurses who speak up, sending a powerful warning to the medical community at large to stay in line”
- Attributes deaths some extenuating patient circumstance
There is simply no public accountability.
New York State decreased mortality drastically as they became accountable to the public for cardiac surgeries. Check out the statistics how they improved over a couple years when they were held accountable during this study cited. Isn’t it time we hold everyone accountable, especially when it comes to our health?
Think about this article and watch the one-minute video. What will you do to keep yourself safe, healthy, and alive? How do you think we can change this problem?
- Bye-Bye, Newsweek! (addisabram.wordpress.com)
- Dec. 31 issue, Newsweek’s last print edition: All digital after 80 years, by @thedailybeast (nextlevelofnews.com)
- Newsweek to cease print edition after 80 years (onlineathens.com)