Costly Medical Mistakes

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By Molly Clifton

Researchers looking into malpractice payouts find diagnostic mistakes are more common, more costly and more harmful than other kinds of medical mistakes including surgical errors and drug overdoses.

Diagnostic mistakes are diagnoses that are missed, are wrong, or weren’t caught in time.

Johns Hopkins researchers estimate up to 160,000 patients each year suffer permanent injury or death because of diagnostic errors.

 



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