How Dangerous Is Going To A Hospital In The U.S.?

Important to know.

In the United States, there are those that believe that we have the best healthcare in the world.

Part of that misconception comes from the idea that our healthcare system is more expensive because it provides better care, but this myth was busted in a Forbes article from June of last year. 

The truth is medical malpractice is frighteningly common in America, and we should all take the necessary precautions. Trusting your doctors is important, and so is gratitude if you do have access to high quality healthcare. But it's equally important to recognize that our system isn't perfect.

In the video above, Vox exposes statistics showing that more deaths occur because of medical errors than because of AIDS or drug overdoses. One study cited the errors as resulting in over 210,000 deaths each year. 

"Something like 2 to 3 percent of people who go into the hospital are going to have some pretty severe harm as a result," Don Berwick, the Obama administration's former Medicare administrator, told Vox.

2 to 3 percent is a pretty significant number.

Check out the video to learn more and be sure to proceed with a level of caution anytime you seek out medical care. 

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