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Malpractice by doctors in hospitals

Consider the question: "Why do physicians and nurses kill more people than airline pilots?" Apply your critical thinking skills to this argument and critique the statement. First, do you think it is true? If it is, what do you think about their rationale? How would you address it if the question were posed to you in a forum?

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Physicians and nurses kill more people than airline pilots. This statement is true no matter whether you believe it or not. First of all, physicians are subconsciously killing patients by practicing improper treatments of patients. According to the Journal of American Medical Association ( JAMA), medical malpractice is "the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer." In 2012, there is "over $3 billion that was spent in medical malpractice payouts and averaging one payout every 43 minutes." Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider deviates from the recognized "standard of care" in the treatment of patient. The standard of care is defined as what medical provider would or would not have done under same or similar circumstances. In addition, it is estimated that medical errors "kill roughly 200,000 patients in the US each year. However, only 15% of personal injury lawsuit files annually involve medical malpractice claims, and more than 80% of lawsuits end with no payment to injured patient or their survivors.

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Malpractice is an incident that occurs in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings when doctors, through negligence act or omission, cause injuries to patients. The negligence may be a result of errors in diagnosis, treatment, or health management. This negligence can kill more people than an airplane crash or car crash.

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