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Public handicapped by lack of information on medical errors

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Who protects the patients?

That’s what reporters at  the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wanted to know – and it’s the title of an occasional series on health care. Jeremy Kohler and Blythe Bernhard found a paucity of information available to patients to help them choose hospitals and doctors. What they discovered was that "When 'never events' occur, the public has virtually no way to find out about them, at least in Missouri and many other states without reporting laws." Here, Kohler tells AHCJ members what they did find and how they found it.

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