Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

10 percent of all U.S. deaths tied to mistakes

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
(May 3, 2016)

Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure, published May 3 in The BMJ, surpasses the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) third leading cause of death — respiratory disease, which kills close to 150,000 people per year.

The Johns Hopkins team says the CDC’s way of collecting national health statistics fails to classify medical errors separately on the death certificate. The researchers are advocating for updated criteria for classifying deaths on death certificates.

“Incidence rates for deaths directly attributable to medical care gone awry haven’t been recognized in any standardized method for collecting national statistics,” says Martin Makary, M.D., M.P.H., professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an authority on health reform. “The medical coding system was designed to maximize billing for physician services, not to collect national health statistics, as it is currently being used.”

In 1949, Makary says, the U.S. adopted an international form that used International Classification of Diseases (ICD) billing codes to tally causes of death.

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  1. Nothing new here! And what is the CDC, NIH and all the other alphabet health agencies going to do with this research ?
    —-Crickets — So out of that 10% I wonder what percentage is related to vaccinations ?

    1. Excellent comment. I urge everyone to listen to this fascinating lecture in 1994 by Joel D. Wallach, DVM, ND. He grew up on a farm in Missouri and as a kid had many questions which did not get answered until many years later. This speech provides much wisdom which you will never hear from your local M.D.
      “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejUFB424bhM Wallach was a large animal Vet who treated elephants and rhinos and was author of a thick book on the subject.
      In the 1994 Speech by Dr. Joel Wallach, DVM, ND, he cited an article in TIME Magazine 1992 which suggested taking vitamins and minerals could prevent disease and extend lives. The article quoted a doctor Victor Herbert, M.D. who criticized this advice with the claim, “All taking vitamins do would provide expensive urine”. Here is the memorial of Dr. Herbert who died in 2002 at age 75:
      https://www.ncahf.org/about/herbert.html So far as I know Dr. Wallach, who was born in 1940 is still alive and now about age 79. So he beat this very distinguished medical doctor who refused his good advice. Note: Do not use any google search engine because they seek to lie about alternative medical treatment. Here is a recent article by Dr. Mercola: http://memoryholeblog.org/2019/07/29/google-censors-dr-joseph-mercola-from-search-results/ Here are his qualifications: https://www.mercola.com/forms/background.htm

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