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Hiding Bad Medical Care from the Public

Every day millions of Americans place their safety in the hands of doctors, but we know little or nothing about the doctor’s track record of safety. If we try to get that information, we are stonewalled. Why is that, particularly when up to 100,000 patients in U.S. die each year and many more suffer injuries due to preventable medical mistakes according to the Institute of Medicine? There are many reasons why the healthcare system has managed to keep bad medical care secret from the public, but a primary culprit is the peer review statute that prohibits disclosure of hospital investigations. When bad things happen to patients in hospital, hospitals are mandated to investigate the event to fi

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