Massachusetts Medical Society: MMS statement on Betsy Lehman Center report on cost of medical error

MMS statement on Betsy Lehman Center report on cost of medical error

The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety today released a report focused on the financial and human cost of medical error, which you can read here

Our Massachusetts Medical Society values the findings in this report, as they will help physicians and the broader health care community identify opportunities for improvements in patient safety.

The medical society is committed to the safety of patients.  It is our aim and our oath to work to provide safe, effective, high-quality and compassionate care for our patients.

We know that a team-based approach to health and health care can help to drive the safest and best outcomes for patients. As physicians, our patients are the most important part of our team and we must empower them to communicate with us.

We thank the Betsy Lehman Center for convening the Massachusetts Health Care Safety and Quality Consortium. The Massachusetts Medical Society looks forward to working with our health care partners in Massachusetts to drive actions that will prevent and mitigate the safety issues that have been identified.

- Dr. Maryanne C. Bombaugh, President, Massachusetts Medical Society

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