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Academic articles giving detailed statistics on hospital errors. Media articles on patients left with large (but undisclosed) out of pocket costs. International statistics on non compliance with medications. Articles on new Research and Developments in health, science and technology.

Sorted by specific issues, disease and major health industry providers.

By patients and relatives
Without Due Care – Therese Mackay
Through a glass darkly – Caroline Jones
The Phoenix Rises – Colin McGill

By Pharmacists
How Safe is your Prescription? – Ken Lee

By Doctors
Unaccountable – Marty Makary 
The Patient will see you now – Eric Topol
Making the cut – Mohamed Khadra
The Patient – Mohamed Khadra
Terminal Decline – Mohamed Khadra
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End –  Atul Gawande
Vital Signs: Stories from Intensive Care – Ken Hillman
Damned if I do – Philip Nitschke
How Doctors think – Jerome Groopman

By nurses
Get well soon – Kristy Chambers

Cutting a better drug deal -Stephen Duckett – The Gratten Institute – 5th March 2017
MEDI-VALUE: Health Insurance and Service Innovation in Australia — Implications for the Future of Medicare – Jeremy Sammut – April 2016
Trimming the fat: how we could save billions in the health system – Sydney Morning Herald February 12th 2016
Prostate cancer patients anger at paying huge bills despite health insurance –
Australians pay more for healthcare than France, UK – ABC
Consumers Health Forum slams GP fee proposal – Sydney Morning Herald
Health Spending – patients baring higher costs – Flag Post
Cancer patient Tracy Ryan’s $60,000 billCancer treatment in the Private sector – Norman Swan report

Corporate Health Care site by Michael Wynne
Elisabeth Rosenthal – New York Times – series on excessive costs, over charging and over servicing in USA hospitals
How waste is directly harmful to Patients – Kevin MD
The American Health Care Paradox – USA
Why 5% of patients create 50% of cost – Michael Bell, Forbes 2013
Medical Expenditures during the Last Year of Life: Findings from the 1992–1996 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey
The American Health Care Paradox – Amazon – Elizabeth Bradley
Spending more and getting less for health care – New York Times – Pauline Chen MD
Australians paying 14 times more for prescription drugs – ABC News
Annual US healthcare spending hits 3.8 trillion – Forbes – Dan Mungo
This map of global health care prices shows Americans are getting ripped off – VOX – Matthew Yglesias

By the numbers, how much did Canada spend on health care in  2013? Carmen Chai – Global News
Tough choices: how to rein in Australia’s rising health bill – The Conversation – Stephen Duckett, Cassie McGannon
High Prices – The New Yorker – Malcolm Gladwell
Pharmacy industry gets fat on high profits – BBC – Richard Anderson
Explainer: evergreening and how big pharma keeps prices high – The Conversation – Hazel Moir and Deborah Gleeson


An MRI costs $1,145 in America and $138 in Switzerland. But Medicare could change that – Vox – Ezra Klein
21 graphs that show that America’s health care prices are ludicrous – The Washington Post – Ezra Klein
America’s Bitter Pill – Amazon – Steven Brill
Wasted – Four Corners – ABC – Norman Swan

The Incident and Cost of Adverse Events in Victorian Hospitals 2004 – 2004 Medical Journal Australia
CareTrack – Assessing the appropriateness of Health Care in Australia – MJA
Health Complain Commissions – Time for a National Approach to Data Collection
Quality and Accreditation in Health Care Services – World Health Organisation
Adverse Drug Events and Medication Errors in Australia – International Journal for Quality in Healthcare
Identification of Doctors at Risk of Recurrent Complaints – British Medical Journal
The Quality in Australian Healthcare Study – PubMed
Medication Errors – Prevention using Information Technology Systems – BJCP

Medication adherence: WHO cares – PubMed Central
Health Insurers say some private hospitals offer costly and  sub-standard care –
Medical Mistakes – a silent Epidemic in Australian Hospitals – ABC
Heart Attack Treatment depends on where you are – The Age
Lack of data create concern over true extent of Medical Errors – ABC
Public Hospital Boards Struggle with Patient Care and Safety – The Age
Australian Health System as bad as US on some Indicators – Sydney Morning Herald
GP referral letters for T2 patients full of Errors 6 minutes
National Road Toll 2013 ABC
The hand that holds the scalpel
Former Bundaberg-based doctor sentenced

Anaesthetist jailed for infecting patients with hepatitis C – ABC 2013
Bureaucrats weigh on health as as number of administrators blows out – The Australian 2016
One in twenty hospital deaths preventable – NHS choices
Berwick Review into Patient Safety – UK

Variation in Stroke Services Shock MP’s – The Independent
International Study – US leads in Medical Errors
Anatomy of a Tragedy – Texas Observer
How many die from Medical Mistakes in the USA? – ProPublica
When Healthcare makes you Sick – USA today
Six Frightening Facts you need to know about Healthcare – Forbes

Op-Ed The Culture of Healthcare Secrecy Harms Patients – Seattle Times
Count the Dead from Medical Harm – Huffington Post
Preventing Errors in Healthcare – A call to Action – PubMed
Bringing True Accountability to Healthcare – John Hopkins Medicine
Mirror Mirror on the Wall – how the performance of the US Health System compares internationally  – The Commonwealth Fund
Missed hypothyroidism diagnosis uncovered by linking laboratory and pharmacy data – NCBI 14th March 2005
Data and statistics – World Health Organisation
Multistate Point-Prevalence Survey of Health Care–Associated Infections – NEJM March 2014
WHO Surgical Site Infection Prevention Guidelines – World Health Organisation
Hand washing stops infections, so why do health care workers skip it? – May 2016 The Conversation
New System for Patients to Report Medical Mistakes – New York Times

HAI Data and Statistics – Centers for disease control and prevention-  January 9th 2018 USA
Here’s how many people get infections in Australian hospitals every year – The Conversation 16th August 2017
The burden of healthcare-associated infection in Australian hospitals: A systematic review of the literature – Infection, disease and health – Volume 22, Issue 3, September 2017, Pages 117-128
The impact of hospital-acquired bloodstream infections. – Emergency Infectious Diseases. 2001 Mar-Apr; 7(2): 174–177.
Hand hygiene Australia – National data 2017
What Are Nosocomial Infections? – Healthline newsletter October 24, 2016
Nosocomial infections – Continuing Education in Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain, Volume 5, Issue 1, 1 February 2005, Pages 14–17

Most Australian GP clinics aren’t using e-health records – 6th April 2016
Why aren’t more people using the My Health Records? – 24th March 2017
One in ten Discharge Summaries get Diagnosis Wrong – 6 minutes
Discharge summaries get diagnosis wrong 
– Sydney Morning Herald 2013
Types of Medical Errors Commonly Reported by Family Physicians – Robert Graham Centre February 15th 2002
Assessing explicit error reporting in the narrative electronic medical record using keyword searching – Journal of Biomedical Informatics February – April 2003
Incidence of Adverse Events and Negligence in Hospitalized Patients — Results of the Harvard Medical Practice Study I – NEJM February 7th 1991

The hazards of hospitalization – BMJ Quality & Safety February 1st 2003
The Nature of Adverse Events in Hospitalized Patients — Results of the Harvard Medical Practice Study II – NEJM February 7th 1991
Electronically Screening Discharge Summaries for Adverse Medical Events – Journal of American Medical Informatics Association – July – August 2003
Medication errors and adverse drug events in pediatric inpatients – JAMA 25th April 2001
Error in Medicine – JAMA 21st December 1994
The frequency and nature of medical error in primary care: understanding the diversity across studies – Family Practice 1st June 2003

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