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Study Suggests U.S. Medical Errors Kill More Than 250,000 Annually

May 6, 2016

(Managed Care Magazine) – Johns Hopkins patient safety experts calculate that more than 250,000 U.S. deaths per year are due to medical errors. Their analysis, based on medical death rate data over an eight-year period, was published May 3 in the BMJ. The figure they reached surpasses the third leading cause of death listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—respiratory disease, which kills close to 150,000 people per year.

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