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What patients should know about the health care system

According to the World Health Organization, roughly 40% of global adverse patient outcomes occur in primary or outpatient settings. This generally goes against the idea that people in New Jersey and elsewhere may have that medical errors take place in dirty or unorganized emergency rooms. However, the WHO report did indicate that there was a higher risk of getting an infection while being treated in lower-income nations.

Each year, about 7 million patients experience significant complications after a surgical procedure, and of those patients, 1 million die during a procedure or soon after it takes place. Roughly 25% of patients who are harmed in surgery will be harmed because of unsafe practices. Research indicates that 10% of patient deaths in the United States are caused by a diagnosis that was missed or delayed. Up to 17% of harmful events in hospitals are caused by diagnostic errors.

During the period between 2010 and 2015, Medicare hospitals in the United States saved $28 billion because of efforts to prevent medical mistakes from occurring. Globally, 134 million adverse events occur in hospitals that are located in countries with low or moderate financial resources. These adverse events account for over 2 million deaths annually. Adverse events are believed to be among the top 10 causes of death throughout the world.

If a medical professional makes a mistake that leads to financial loss, it might rise to the level of medical malpractice. Malpractice may occur if a doctor fails to order a test or ignores information provided by a patient that could have led to a timely and correct diagnosis. An attorney may use a patient's medical records or the testimony of an expert witness to help a patient obtain a favorable outcome in a case.

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