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Doctors See Flaws in Healthcare System

Reported by Reuters Health on May 08, 2001, based on the outcomes of a national survey released from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a lot more than 70% of healthcare professionals think that fundamental changes towards the US health care system are essential to enhance the grade of care provided for patients. All the more drastic, another 11% of survey respondents said the system's quality flaws are so deep that the complete overhaul is required to remedy them.
In the study, researchers asked 600 doctors, 400 nurses and 200 top-level hospital executives from across the nation in regards to the quality of healthcare. They wished to determine if the experts considered health care safe, effective, timely, patient-centered, efficient and equitable. In reaction 58% of these asked stated that the standard of the US health care method is good or fair, while 2% said it is poor and forty-two percent testified that the system had very good or superior quality.

David Richardson, the executive vice president of Wirthin Worldwide, a New York-based research firm that conducted the survey said, "In nearly every industry, this lukewarm self-assessment could be described as signs of serious shortcomings." This problem became headline news in November 1999 when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report blaming medical errors for approximately 98,000 deaths annually. Donald M. Berwick, the president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement said, "Healthcare is in trouble. The standard is just not what we need it to be and people in healthcare know that."

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