Medical Malpractice News: Average or Poor Hospitals Linked to Excess Medicare Mortality
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In an October 2006 news report by Healthgrades, a for-profit health care quality rating service, showed that more than 300,000 Medicare patients died from 2003 to 2005 in facilities that were rated average or poor by MedPage.com.
While the MedPage ratings do not reflect on the relative safety of the rated hospitals or a patient's risk to suffer from a medical mistake, error or other medical malpractice, the report does bring to light a chilling statistic: a typical Medicare patient had about a 49 percent lower risk of dying in a top-rated hospital last year than in a hospital that was rated average by HealthGrades.
The report estimates that if all hospitals that treat Medicare patients performed as well as the five-star rated best hospitals, "302,403 Medicare lives could have been saved from 2003 to 2005."
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