Medical Errors Outnumber Heart Disease & Cancer as Causes of Death in US
by First Do No Harm
Friday, Jun. 12, 2009 at 12:21 PM
Iatrogenic deaths the chief cause of US
the American pharma medico industrial complex
whose iatrogenic deaths yearly outnumber the nearly 700,000 heart disease deaths and nearly 600,000 cancer deaths annually. Iatrogenic deaths include surgical errors, unnecessary surgeries, anesthesia deaths, adverse drug reactions, improper drug dosages, procedural errors, staph infections such as MRSA, hospital and nursing home food poisoning deaths.
In addition, the pharma medico industrial complex is
bankrupting the US with Medicare said to be 45 trillion
dollars underfunded. This does not include
the major heists by AIG and other insurance
companies. The US pays more for medical care
and receives less value per dollar than any other
(Attorneys like physicians receive doctorates..
but don't feel the ego need of the title 'doctor')
Death by Medicine
Table 1: Estimated Annual Mortality and Economic Cost of Medical Intervention
Condition Deaths Cost Author
Adverse Drug Reactions 106,000 $12 billion Lazarou(1), Suh (49)
Medical error 98,000 $2 billion IOM(6)
Bedsores 115,000 $55 billion Xakellis(7), Barczak (8)
Infection 88,000 $5 billion Weinstein(9), MMWR (10)
Malnutrition 108,800 ----------- Nurses Coalition(11)
Outpatients 199,000 $77 billion Starfield(12), Weingart(112)
Unnecessary Procedures 37,136 $122 billion HCUP(3,13)
Surgery-Related 32,000 $9 billion AHRQ(85)
Total 783,936 $282 billion
There is a correlation between vivisection or
inflicting pain on animals in laboratories and
murder of humans.
Michael Swango, graduate of vivisecting Ohio State
http://www.poetwill.org killed over 100 in the US and Africa
Harold Shipman, trained to vivisect at a British medical
school, killed 218.
Jack the Ripper: a physician connected with the British
Cleveland torso killer: murdered between 12 and 40..
Eliot Ness refused to arrest Doctor Frank Sweeney because of his
social standing as a physician
In the 70's when doctors had a strike in Los
Angeles for a month, the death rate went down by 18%.