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Surgery mistakes make hospitals more money

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, finds that hospitals often make a large profit when surgery goes wrong.

A medical error can cause a three day hospital stay to become a two week stay, which can result in an additional $39,000 in profit for the hospital if the patient has private insurance.

The authors of the study reason that if a hospital is paid a fixed amount for a given surgery, there would be more incentive to get it right.

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