It appears that there may be more profit for hospitals when they make mistakes than when they perform error free – this according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
How is this possible you ask? Well… according to the study authors, complications and errors lead to longer hospital stays and extra care which in turn leads to more expensive treatment. Sadly effective methods exist for reducing error rates dramatically but hospitals have been slow to make the necessary changes. According to the authors, to do so would lead to lower revenues per patient in many cases.