WSJ Highlights Diagnostic Errors

Over 98,000 people die each year as a result of medical errors that could’ve been prevented. Preventable medical errors are the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and cost our country $29 billion a year.

A recent report by The Wall Street Journal has revealed that there is an issue even more dangerous than medical errors – diagnostic problems. Diagnostic errors have led to a staggering 160,000 deaths and, according to the article, are more common and more likely to harm patients than other medical mistakes. The good news for patients is that, unlike many medical errors, misdiagnosis can be prevented.

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