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.