Why an Advocate

• 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.

Medical Errors Are the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S., Consumer Reports, May 2016

• More than 1,200 people per day die from medical malpractice – that is the equivalent to two 747 jets crashing every day, or a 9-11 tragedy occurring every two months.
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; McCann, Erin.  Deaths by Medical Mistakes Hits Records, Healthcare IT News, July 18, 2014.

• 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.

• The top 9 highest paying jobs in the United States are all physicians.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014.

• Malpractice costs $735 billion to $980 billion annually in costs of cure and loss of productivity.
Source: Andel, Charles, MBA, Davidow, Stephen L, MBA, Hollander, Mark, MBA, Moreno, David, MBA, The Economics of Health Care Quality and Medical Errors, Journal of Health Care Finance, Vol. 39, No. 1, Fall 2012.

• Medication errors alone cost $21 billion annually.
Source: Andel, Charles, MBA, Davidow, Stephen L, MBA, Hollander, Mark, MBA, Moreno, David, MBA, The Economics of Health Care Quality and Medical Errors, Journal of Health Care Finance, Vol. 39, No. 1, Fall 2012; Preventing Medication Errors: A $21 Billion Opportunity, Compact Action Brief: A Roadmap for Increasing Value in Health Care, National Priorities Partnership, convened by the National Quality Forum, Washington, DC (Dec. 2010).

• Safe care is less expensive care – it is better, more efficient, and by definition, less wasteful.
Source: Andel, Charles, MBA, Davidow, Stephen L, MBA, Hollander, Mark, MBA, Moreno, David, MBA, The Economics of Health Care Quality and Medical Errors, Journal of Health Care Finance, Vol. 39, No. 1, Fall 2012.

• 1 out of 4 Medicare beneficiaries admitted to hospitals are victims of medical errors.
Source: Dr. Mark Chassin, The Joint Commission’s president and CEO on PBS’s Nightly Business Report, October 14, 2011; Andel, Charles, MBA, Davidow, Stephen L, MBA, Hollander, Mark, MBA, Moreno, David, MBA, The Economics of Health Care Quality and Medical Errors, Journal of Health Care Finance, Vol. 39, No. 1, Fall 2012.

• Over 77% of doctors who are officially disciplined for negligent medical practice in New York are allowed to continue to practice medicine.
Source: Coalition of consumer and patient groups, News Release, Questionable Doctors, May 15, 2014.

• Patients are unlikely to know that their doctors have been officially disciplined for negligent medical practice.
Source: Coalition of consumer and patient groups, News Release, Questionable Doctors, May 15, 2014.

• Only 6 out of New York’s 131 hospitals were distinguished for patient safety in 2011.
Source: HealthGrades Eighth Annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study, March 2011; New York State Department of Health.

• New York State’s statute of limitations is 2½ years for medical malpractice and 2 years for wrongful death.
Source: New York Civil Practice Law and Rules § 214-a, and New York Estates, Powers and Trust Law § 5-4.1.