New Study Reveals Medical Errors Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

A recent paper published in The BMJ, from researches at the Johns Hopkins University, reveals that medical errors are the third cause of death in the United States. According to one of the researchers, Dr. Martin Makary, “Collectively, the problem of medical care gone wrong kills a substantial number of people in the United States.”  Dr. Makary and his colleague concluded that medical errors cause 9.5 percent of all deaths in the United States.  Their conclusions are based on their review of U.S. death rate data. Over 251,000 people die each year in the United States from medical errors.