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Hospitals That Mess Up Are Urged to Confess

Transparency is touted as better for patients, families, and the bottom line. Some malpractice lawyers are skeptical.

Medical errors in U.S. hospitals kill tens of thousands of patients each year, and even more suffer injury because of mistakes by doctors or nurses. Not every case of harm is avoidable—patients may get an infection even if doctors do everything they should. But when hospitals are at fault, most of the time they never tell you.

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