USA: With surgical errors costing £750m per year, many states refuse to pay for ‘medical mistakes’

Separate reports on msnbc.com tell of surgical errors in the USA costing $1.5billion (approx. £750million) per year and of hospitals in 23 states saying they will shred bills for certain medical mistakes, including operating on the wrong body part or the wrong person, or giving someone the wrong blood.

These reports make very interesting reading. John R. Clarke, medical director of ECRI Institute, sponsor of Healthcare Governance Review, is featured in the ‘bill shredding’ report.

Read the ‘surgical errors’ report here and the ‘bill shredding’ report here.

UPDATE 21/8/08: Re. surgical errors study, read AHRQ press release here and PubMed abstract here. Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a checklist for making surgery safer. Download the checklist here and read the associated WHO press release here.

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