A patient needs an advocate because:

• Over 400,000 people die each year as a result of preventable medical errors.
Source: James, John T. PhD, A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care. Journal of Patient Safety: September 2013; Volume 9 - Issue 3 - p 122–128.

• Preventable medical error is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States (after heart disease and cancer).
Source: McCann, Erin.  Deaths by Medical Mistakes Hits Records, Healthcare IT News, July 18, 2014.

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