Are you sure of your stats here? By my reckoning, you're claiming that 1 in every 300 people in the US is killed each year by medical malpractice? So if you live to 75, the chances of being killed by a doctor is one in four.
(of course, by the same reckoning the chances of being shot dead by the time you are 75 is only 1 in 333)
Edited by mikeinfhaz on 08/20/2008 17:20:59 MDT.
(in the usa, anually)
Murder committed using firearms accounts for less than 10,000 victims and the accidental firearms death toll is little more than 1,000. About 120 or so kids under 14 are killed by gunshots.
The medical system mortalities break down this way: adverse drug reactions: 106,000; medical error: 98,000; bedsores: 115,000; infection: 88,000; malnutrition: 108,000; outpatients: 199,000; unnecessary procedures: 37,136; surgery-related: 32,000.
SO - maybe we should BAN DOCTORS?