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Low quality healthcare increases burden of health costs globally, WHO/OECD Report Finds

Healthcare Dive writes: Inaccurate diagnoses, medication errors, unsafe clinical facilities and inappropriate or unnecessary treatments are happening around the world regardless of a country’s wealth, according to a new joint report by the World Health Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Bank. Though a more significant problem in low- and middle-income countries, hospital-acquired infections and patients harmed during medical treatment is also a problem for high-income countries, the paper found. According to the report, 10% of patients in high-income countries are harmed during medical treatment. Also, 15% of hospital expenditures in those countries come from mistakes or patients being infected while hospitalized.

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