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Without autopsies, hospitals bury their mistakes

from ProPublica

VideoBriefAutopsies once were an integral part of American healthcare, performed on roughly half of all patients who died in hospitals. Today, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show, they are conducted on about 5 percent of such patients. Hospitals are not required to offer or perform autopsies. Some facilities and doctors shy away from them, fearing they may reveal malpractice. What has not been appreciated, pathologists and public health officials say, are the far-reaching consequences for U.S. healthcare of minuscule autopsy rates. more


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