Deadly medical errors: A hidden health care issue
Despite having the most expensive healthcare system in the world, the United States does not top the list of country rankings when it comes to stopping preventable deaths.
Many of these untimely demises are the result of medical errors, such as the error that occurred when Lavern Wilkinson sought treatment for a cough two years ago. Although is not possible to determine conclusively that a medical error contributed to her death, the New York City woman died in March 2013 of lung cancer after what her aunt described as a missed opportunity for early diagnosis.
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