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US leads the way in medical errors

WASHINGTON – According to a recent survey, patients in the United States reported elevated rates of medical errors, disorganized doctor visits, and more out-of-pocket expenses than patients in Canada, Britain, Germany, Austria, and New Zealand.

Statistics show that thirty-four percent of U.S. patients received wrong medication, improper treatment or incorrect or delayed test results within the past two years. Researchers, who conducted the poll between March and June, questioned adults who had experienced some kind of serious condition that required intense medical treatment or had been hospitalized for something other than routine pregnancy.

Between 700 and 750 adults were surveyed by telephone in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and about 1,500 in Britain, Germany and the United States.

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