700 Lives Will Be Lost Today Due to Preventable Mistakes

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Leslie's latest op-ed, "Our Medical Error Crisis," in the U.S. News & World Report, examines the 250,000 deaths a year that nobody is talking about—deaths caused by preventable medical errors. 

Every other sector of our economy has gotten safer: motor vehicle deaths, workplace fatalities, and fatal airline accidents have all significantly decreased in the last 30 years. 

But the health care system continues to be a dangerous place. In fact, medical error is now the third leading killer in the United States, right behind heart disease and cancer.

Thankfully, there are solutions. Click here to read Leslie's op-ed now to learn more.

And check out these special stories from The Patient's Playbook, with tips and advice that can help you to avoid becoming a medical error statistic:

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