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    Washington, DC -- February 9, 2000 -- U.S. Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today issued the following statement on the Commerce and Veterans' Affairs joint hearing on medical errors. The hearing was held by the Commerce Health and Environment Subcommittee, the Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and the Veterans' Affairs Health Subcommittee. Brown, the senior Democrat on the House Commerce Subcommittee on Health and Environment, was unable to attend the hearing due to injuries sustained in a car accident.

    "The Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported 91,000 people die each year from medical error. Every one of these deaths was preventable. I'm pleased the Commerce and Veterans' Affairs committees have made a commitment to work together to prevent another needless tragedy.

    The statistics are alarming. Medical errors are the eighth leading cause of death in the United States, draining an estimated $29 billion dollars from the health care system each year.

    Meanwhile, forty-four million Americans are uninsured. There is a gaping hole in Medicare where prescription drug coverage should be. We have yet to find a cure for our biggest killers -- cancer, AIDS, or heart disease. We don't have $1 to waste, much less $29 billion.

    There is no "quick fix" to the problem of medical errors. According to the IOM report, medical errors are overwhelmingly the result of systemic flaws, not negligence on the part of individual health care providers. But that doesn't make the job easy. Medical errors can be anything from medication errors resulting from difficult-to-decipher prescriptions to contaminated blood products. Each mistake calls for its own solution.

    This information came from an
    U.S. House of Representatives online article.

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