If anybody has any doubt about the statistics of deaths caused by mistakes in hospitals, Deaths do to chemotherapy, Unnecessary operations, Prescription drug deaths, Please use the internet media to see for yourself. I stand by my view that this current system seems to me to be unacceptable, and has a lot of room for improvement. Not to say it does not offer a lot of good things. just be aware of its limitations. Fred searching for truth
everyone has an error rate, and there are ways to mitigate risk. For example, when getting a leg cut off, it is wise to write on the other leg "not this leg!" There are books on how to interact with the hospital system to maximize your safety.
medical professionals are human, they have a very wide decision space regarding the level of care you receive, and the level of care you receive can be greatly impacted by how you interact with them. A friend of mine would leave a bouquet of flowers at the nurses station when his mother was hospitalized, and he spoke to the nurses and doctors with great deference, and dressed professionally.
everyone, and every institution, has an incentive structure, and the health consumer becomes more effective when understanding the incentives of the health professional and the health institution, and positioning himself to resist unhelpful incentive pressures. When I had a gastro problem, based on a 30 second assessment, my doctor started steering me to gall bladder removal, which was not needed and I successfully resisted this after careful study.
to a great extent, medicine defaults to a pill dispensing industry, rather than a health outcome, and the incentive structure rewards medical activity, rather than health outcomes. If you do not take control of your agenda, someone else with a BMW lease to pay, or a governmental policy guideline objective (rationing), will.