Someone I knew back in the day, who lived in a small town in South Africa, was diagnosed with a stomach tumor and a date was set for its surgical removal.
But as the day for surgery drew near, she grew increasingly uneasy about the diagnosis and decided to go to a nearby big city for a second opinion.
The new tests showed no trace of a tumor but revealed, instead, a minor ailment that could be—and was—successfully treated non-surgically.
If you think a major medical error like that is something that could happen only in a poorly equipped small town medical facility, and even then, only once in a blue moon—think again.
Medical errors, here in the United States of all places, are the third leading cause of death, “claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s.”
In fact: “Nightmare stories of nurses giving potent drugs meant for one patient to another and surgeons removing the wrong body parts have dominated recent headlines about medical care. Lest you assume those cases are the exceptions, a new study by patient safety researchers provides some context.”
Furthermore, according to scientific research evidence, when doctors go on strike around the world patients actually stop dying.
“Doctors withdrew their labor, in the different strikes analyzed, from between nine days and 17 weeks. Yet all the different studies report population mortality either stays the same, or even decreases, during medical strikes. Not a single study found death rates increased during the weeks of the strikes, compared to other times.”
Makes you think, doesn’t it?