- Posted September 20, 2013 by
How Many Additional Deaths will Obamacare Cause?
What about the concept that as a result of giving more Americans access to health care, more will die from it.
Is US Healthcare Really the best in the World? Starfield_JAMA_2000
The findings by Barbara Starfield, MD, of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health,
12,000 deaths from unnecessary surgeries;
7,000 deaths from medication errors in hospitals;
20,000 deaths from other errors in hospitals;
80,000 deaths from infections acquired in hospitals;
106,000 deaths from FDA-approved correctly prescribed medicines.
The total estimated number of deaths caused by medical treatment in the US every year is 225,000.
Thus, the US medical system is the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.
The findings are not disputed. Indeed, subsequent studies found the number of preventable deaths due to medical intervention to be higher.
"US children are particularly disadvantaged, whereas elderly persons are much less so. Judging from the data on life expectancy at different ages, the US population becomes less disadvantaged as it ages, but even the relatively advantaged position of elderly personsin the United States is slipping. The US relative position for life expectancy in the oldest age group was better in the 1980s than in the 1990s.13 The long-existing poor ranking of the United States with regard to infant mortality14 has been a cause for concern; it is not a result of the high percentages o f low birth weight and infant mortality among the black population, because the international ranking hardly changes when data for the white population only are used."
"The nature and operation of the health care system. In the United States, in contrast to many other countries, the extent to which receipt of services from primary care physicians vs specialists affects overall health and survival has not been considered."
"Recognition of the harmful effects of health care interventions, and the likely possibility that they account for a substantial proportion of the excess deaths in the United States compared with other comparably industrialized nations, sheds new light on imperatives for research and health policy."
Since 2000 when Dr. Starfield's analysis was published the death toll from hazardous prescription drugs alone has been far greater.
Crazy as it seems what the tea party is asking for will save lives.