Study: Cost of medical errors in the U.S. reached $19.5B in 2008

A study commissioned by the Society of Actuaries showed that the costs related to medical errors as well as post-op infections, bed sores, and device and other complications reached $19.5 billion in 2008. The errors resulted in more than 2,500 potentially preventable deaths and more than 10 million lost days of work, the report said.

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