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5 million people a year die from poor-quality care

A new study estimates that 5 million people die every year because of poor-quality care. Low-and-middle-income countries are taking most of the hit. This statistic may not seem surprising, but it paints a bigger picture.

The Lancet published a report that found quality care in the health industry far outweighs the quantity. It’s true: 5 million people die a year from low-quality care. However, in countries with no access to quality health professionals, the number dips down to 3.6 million. In summary, more people are dying with access to care compared to those who have none.

Quality care is not always easy to find

About 1 in 3 patients experience bad care on a regular basis. Factors involved might include poor communication, long wait times and inadequate care or diagnosis.

In the U.S., most hospitals offer the services necessary for quality care. Regardless, medical malpractice is ever-present in our society. Good quality care is determined by care and amount of care at the right place and time. Unfortunately, not everyone in the U.S. receives this at a doctor’s visit.

There are proactive ways you can seek out good care, if you are able, which includes:

  • Asking for information about your treatment choices
  • Independently researching possible health options
  • Staying involved and informed about health decisions
  • Comparing quality of care by accessing performance reports

Receiving bad care is not always preventable. Doctors, surgeons and nurses can still act negligently not matter how much research is conducted. That’s why it’s possible for individuals and families to seek compensation for preventable pain and suffering.

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