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Death by Medical Error: Top 10 Cause of Death in the US

No matter which estimate you believe to be accurate, Death by Medical Error ranks as a Top 10 cause of death in the US. Due to the extreme reluctance of hospitals and doctors to report the errors that lead to patient death, it is hard to define an accurate number of medical error related deaths each year. According to a Hearst Newspaper investigative report by Cathleen Crowley and Eric Nalder, " Within Health Care Hides Massive, Avoidable Death Toll", estimates vary from a low of 44,000 to 98,000 to as many as 200,000 per year depending on the study criteria and statistical assumptions made in each study. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) lists the Top 10 leading causes of death in the US:

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