Not Only Does it Bankrupt You, it Kills You Too

by Karl Denninger

There’s simply no argument in defense of this sort of record.

Based on an analysis of prior research, the Johns Hopkins study estimates that more than 250,000 Americans die each year from medical errors. On the CDC’s official list, that would rank just behind heart disease and cancer, which each took about 600,000 lives in 2014, and in front of respiratory disease, which caused about 150,000 deaths.

In other words medical errors — that is, avoidable mistakes, not bad outcomes — kill a quarter of a million Americans annually and that is third only to cancer and heart disease.

The real scandal, however, is the active complicity of both the CDC and the medical profession to avoid coding death certificate data, and of medical providers to furnish said data, so that this information can be accurately compiled.

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