Surprising? Not really. Humans respond to incentives and doctors are human. Nonetheless stories like this add fuel to my controversial title. According to “To Err is Human,” Doctors and Hospitals kill 44,000 to 98,000 people a year. That’s 4-8 times the number of gun deaths more than twice the number of car accidents.
Be careful out there! (in the hospital). Make sure every single person who walks into your room washes their hands. INCLUDING THE DOCTORS!
NY Times Story http://nyti.ms/1rsTdQy
To Err is Human https://www.iom.edu/~/media/Files/Report%20Files/1999/To-Err-is-Human/To%20Err%20is%20Human%201999%20%20report%20brief.pdf
Homicides/gun deaths in the US http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/homicide.htm
Motor Vehicle Deaths http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/accidental-injury.htm