If someone were to walk up to you on the street and ask "how many people die every year as a result of medical errors in the United States?," what would be your answer? Would you guess somewhere in the thousands? Maybe in the tens of thousands? As it turns out, those guesses would be well below the figure that a report back in April uncovered. According to that report, 325,000 people die every year as the result of medical errors.
This bit of news is not meant to scare you into resisting medical treatment -- far from it. Instead, it is merely meant as a way of getting you to realize the scope of the medical error problem. Medical mistakes are inherent to the medical system. No matter how much training a doctor or surgeon receives, he or she will always be susceptible to making a mistake.