Being killed by doctors is the
The equivalence of
In a given decade,
Every year, in the US there are 2.2 million in-hospital adverse reaction to drugs, 7.5 million unnecessary medical & surgery procedures, 8.9 million unnecessary hospitalizations and 20 million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions.
Every decade, there are 89 million and 75 million unnecessary hospitalizations, so around
Nearly half of institutional review boards (who basically runs clinical research) are also consultants to the pharmaceutical industry. When a drug company funds a study, there is a 90% chance that the drug will be perceived as effective whereas a non-drug-company-funded study will show favorable results only 50% of the time.
This is obviously messed up, but surely doctors save more lives than they end through mistreatment?
What would actually happen if hospitals closed? Do we have any historic examples of such a thing?
The most comprehensive review of doctors' strikes was able to find mortality data for 5 physician strikes around the world, between 1976 and 2003
The first one was in 1976, when doctors in LA went on strike because they strongly believed they were paying too high settlements for their malpractice. (not joking)
For five weeks, approximately 50% of doctors in the county reduced their practice and withheld care for anything but emergencies.
During these five weeks, significantly fewer people died in LA. Somewhere between 55 and 153 lives were saved. However, after they went back to work, they killed an extra 90 people in the first two weeks in surgery as they were "catching up" with their backlog of elective procedures.
Mortality didn't change at all.
153 people died in May 1999 (no strike)
133 people died in May 1998 (no strike)
139 people died in May 1997 (no strike)
Now, in all of these strikes, emergency care was still going on as normal; car crash victims were not left to bleed out. These were doctor strikes: nurses were still there, and emergency work was still being provided by doctors.
Interestingly, when nurses go on a strike, more people die in hospitals
I think we all knew as much: Nurses are our friends. They make you feel good. Meeting a doctor feels like staring death himself in the face. Dogs bark at doctors, yet likes nurses.
There are certainly situations where hospitals can provide you with help, such as being in a car crash or getting shot.
"Cochrane Reviews" are considered the gold standard in systematic medical review due to their rigorous methodological requirements.
This makes sense, because
It's quite obvious that hospitals are not geared toward health, we all know that the keys to health is good food, sunlight and fresh air. In hospitals we find awful food with near-zero nutrition, no sunlight, poor air. It would cost very little to fix this.
Up to 95% of doctor malpractice isn't reported, and none of the numbers mentioned here includes subtle injuries such as the widespread poisoning of the water supply with prescription drugs, lifetime doses of x-ray radiation, and countless other harmful effects from modern medicine.
There's also a study from the
This proven phenomenon, let's call it
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