by Dr. Adam Seigers
The leading cause of death in America isn’t heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. It is the American Medical System.
As a result of medical error in this country, about one million people are harmed each year and 280,000 die as a result.
This is the equivalent of one jumbo jet crash with complete fatality per day; in post office terms – 384,000 lost pieces of mail per day, or in banking terms – 768,000 wrongly deposited checks per day.
While these numbers are staggering, they are really related to lapses in communication and a lack of quality primary care.
Quality primary care starts with a provider who knows the patient and who will monitor medications, follow up on testing, or answer questions that might have arisen during a recent hospitalization.
And with the division of primary and hospital medicine, this need has never been greater. Continue reading