We recently commented on Dr. Parikh’s brave article in Salon Magazine. It seems this may be catching on. Dr. Richard Klein has written a book on the dangers of medical mistakes, and has a message for patients everywhere: pay attention.
Dr. Klein explains why he decided to write a book detailing the dangers of medical malpractice saying
"Every time I mention it to my colleagues, they say ‘Don’t go there. Don’t mention it.’ They deny the numbers," he says. "But something ought to be done about it. We’ve got to talk about it. It’s a pandemic."
He also details what he thinks are the most common causes of malpractice in the medical setting: sticking with wrong diagnoses, ignoring data, and being "inflexible."
Dr. Klein advocates for a single-payer system in the health care debate. Mostly because he’s tired of seeing insurance companies put profits before patients. But his book is really aimed at patients everywhere, and is an attempt to get them to get involved in the own health care, and take nothing for granted.
As long as health care reform allows you to stay involved, that is.