I was cruising the internet this morning when I came upon an article from the Wall Street Journal that addressed this very issue. With health care on the precipice of vast change, it caused me to worry that we health care professionals are going to be very busy in the coming years with the retirement of the baby-boomers. Not like we are not already busy enough. It is most important that we stop a moment and examine the reason we are health care providers. The following is a snip-it from the article by Dr. Marty Makary:
By MARTY MAKARYWhen there is a plane crash in the U.S., even a minor one, it makes headlines. There is a thorough federal investigation, and the tragedy often yields important lessons for the aviation industry. Pilots and airlines thus learn how to do their jobs more safely.
The world of American medicine is far deadlier: Medical mistakes kill enough people each week to fill four jumbo jets. But these mistakes go largely unnoticed by the world at large, and the medical community rarely learns from them. The same preventable mistakes are made over and over again, and patients are left in the dark about which hospitals have significantly better (or worse) safety records than their peers.
Here is the link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444620104578008263334441352.html?mod=googlenews_wsj