Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care

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“Raise your hand if you know of a physician you work with who should not be practicing because he or she is dangerous.”

Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care

by Marty Makary

“One of my favorite public health professors, Harvard surgeon Dr. Lucian Leape, at a national surgeons’ conference,  opened the gathering’s keynote speech by looking out over the audience of thousands and asking the doctors to “raise your hand if you know of a physician you work with who should not be practicing because he or she is dangerous.” Every hand went up.

Incredulous at this response, I took to asking the same question whenever I spoke at conferences. And I always got the same response. Every doctor knows about this problem— but few talk about it. Every day, people are injured or killed by a medical mistake that might have been prevented with a modicum of adherence to standardized guidelines. The silence about the problem has paralyzed eff orts to address it— until now”

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