1 In 5 People In Mass. Have Experienced A Recent Medical Error09:26

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At least 62,000 Massachusetts residents suffer from a medical error every year.

That's one of the key findings of a new study from the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety — a state agency that conducts research and training in medicine.

The study finds the excess cost of medical errors in just one year is more than $600 million. The researchers used insurance data to track preventable errors like infections after surgery, excess blood loss and bed sores.

To put these findings in context we spoke to two people — a hospital administrator and a doctor.


Kim Hollon, president and CEO of Signature Healthcare, and chair of the Mass. Health and Hospital Association's Clinical Issues Advisory Council.

Maryanne Bombaugh, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society. She tweets @MCBombaughMD.

This segment aired on June 10, 2019.


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