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According to a survey led by Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, about half of all doctors admit to keeping quiet about errors by incompetent or unethical colleagues. Almost half of the doctors surveyed admitted they knew of serious medical errors that they did not report, even though they knew medical mistakes should be reported. While 85% of the doctors surveyed agreed that patients or their relatives should be told about significant errors, this clearly does not translate into the daily practice of most physicians. Doctors often don’t practice what they preach. The survey also showed that 93% of doctors said they should provide care to patients regardless of ability to pay, but only 69% said they accepted uninsured patients.
The U.S. Institute of Medicine found in 2000 that almost 100,000 people die annually due to medical errors in hospitals alone. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by medical malpractice, you deserve a trial lawyer who is experienced in handling medical negligence cases. The attorneys at CGWC have a wealth of experience in handling medical negligence cases.