Medical Malpractice Deaths Nine Times Higher Than Gun Homicides - Let's End the AMA

I admit that I'm worked up over the advance by the liberals in our country who are out to repeal the Second Amendment, calling for weapons bans, the murder of the National Rifle Association's president and its members. As a result, I want to turn the table on them a bit. Because medical malpractice causes far more deaths each year than guns do, I'd like to demand that we shut down the American Medical Association (AMA.) reports,

The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) seminal study of preventable medical errors estimated as many as 98,000 people die every year at a cost of $29 billion. If the Centers for Disease Control were to include preventable medical errors as a category, these conclusions would make it the sixth leading cause of death in America.

Further research has confirmed the extent of medical errors. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that there were 181,000 severe injuries attributable to medical negligence in 2003. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement estimates there are 15 million incidents of medical harm each year. HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare rating organization, found that Medicare patients who experienced a patient-safety incident had a one-in-five chance of dying as a result.

In the decade since the IOM first shined a light on the dismal state of patient safety in American hospitals, many proposals for improvement have been discussed and implemented. But recent research indicates that there is still much that needs to be done. Researchers at the Harvard School of Medicine have found that even today, about 18 percent of patients in hospitals are injured during the course of their care and that many of those injuries are life-threatening, or even fatal. The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that one in seven Medicare patients are injured during hospital stays and that adverse events during the course of care contribute to the deaths of 180,000 patients every year.

This is an outrage! I can't believe the liberals are not calling for a complete end to the practice of medicine completely with 98,000 people dying each year from basically medical malpractice. Why is something not being advanced by the federal government? Oh wait, there is. It's called Obamacare, or we know it as "more government." Inevitably this will not lead to less malpractice or deaths. I'm betting long term it will lead to greater numbers of both.

Now, compare the numbers of medical malpractice and the deaths associated with it to those of guns used in homicides.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention in a 2009 report it was discovered that 11,493 people died in the United States as a result of being shot with a firearm.

There's almost nine times the number of people dying in this country from medical malpractice and the answer we have to that is to put big, ineffective, inefficient government behind more legislation, more control and more funding, but when it comes to guns, well, we can't have people with scary looking weapons in their possession. We have to create more laws to control them by. In the meantime the liberals never tell anyone that the laws will stop the lawbreakers from obtaining those firearms that they ban. Nor will they tell people that laws do not stop the bullets that comes from the firearms that lawbreakers obtain. People just think that a law is signed and it magically stops bad guys, but it doesn't quite work that way.

So with these simply statistics, perhaps we should begin petitioning the White House to shut down the AMA since they seem to be responsible for far more deaths than anyone with a gun has been.

By the way, yes you can also call for the closing down of auto manufacturers since people are killed in cars many times over each year. Of course, the scary thing is that if we were to do such a thing in a sarcastic way, the liberals would only get a light bulb to come on in their heads on how they could accomplish it.

UPDATE from a subscriber to the site:

There are 80 million gun owners, and each year about 12,000 or so homicides are committed with guns. As I noted before, that includes criminals killed by cops, so the number of law-abiding citizens killed by gun owners is actually lower.

There are about 1.5 million doctors in the U.S., who cause about 98,000 deaths per year due to malpractice.

Every year, about 30 million Americans undergo surgery that requires general anesthesia. Some studies say 20 million, but let's go with the higher number.

If we scale up the number of Americans who undergo major surgery to match the number of gun owners in order to make the ratio of deaths per aggregate group equal, we have to multiply it by 2.6. That would bring the number of deaths by malpractice up to 254,800.

If we scale up the number of doctors to match the number of gun owners, we multiply 1.5 million by 5.3. In that case, the number of malpractice deaths goes up to 519,400.

Therefore, if we go by the number of deaths caused by the number of people who are doctors compared to the number of people who are gun owners, doctors are 43.2 times more dangerous to the general population than gun owners, or 4320 percent more dangerous.

If we go by the numbers of deaths caused by the number of people who are gun owners versus the number of people who undergo major surgery, it turns out that undergoing major surgery is 21 times more dangerous--2100 percent--to the general population than gun ownership is.

So, to recap:

As a group, doctors are 43.2 times more dangerous than gun owners, and undergoing major surgery is 21 times more dangerous than allowing others to own guns.

Clearly we need to ban doctors and surgery as unreasonable threats to our safety.

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  • Gary

    The AMA is firmly in the hip pocket of the Illuminati and their agenda is to de-populate and brainwash us into compliant sheep. Do some research: samaritan sentinel dot c om.

  • 1-855-WIN-THE-CASE

    I recently created an infographic about medical malpractice and I found some really scary statistics!

  • gfsomsel

    Right ! Ban doctors. "First we kill all the [doctors]."

  • Judy Pratt

    THE NRA is reporting 8,000 new members a day since the election. There have been record sales for guns in the last 5 years. Manufacturers are having problems keeping up! This administration is not now nor have they ever listened to or cared what the United States citizens want! They always go the way of the minority wants and ignore our Constitution!

  • Mary

    Great Analygy......only the beginning,

  • Rachel

    Honestly I feel safer at a gun show than I do at a doctor's office...or a car mechanic's

  • Randolph Rivers

    I think President obama should be pushing for a ban on Scalpels. That's the only way to protect us from the bad doctors.

  • vet

    Can we include those 53 million unborns to the list?A million a year is now the norm and the AMA takes the lives for profit.The oath that a doctor takes is to save lives not to take them.But for profiting off them is just evil at work.Hypocritical is an understatement.

  • J J

    Until the main stream media reports this issue, no one will know!! That means that you will continue to see the malpractice deaths continue to happen. AND with Obamacare coming in full force, medical personal more stressed to do more with less, there will be more!!!

  • Allan Holtz

    Ultimately we follow our own conscience. The question is what is influencing our conscience? God or Satan??? If we reject God, Satan is all that is left!!! Pretty obvious what kind of actions that leads to...People ask - Where was God? - during these mass shootings. I say God has given all people a freedom to accept his presence or reject him and that the mass killers have chosen to reject God and we see the logical consequence in the mass murders that follow. The closer we all get to God 24/7 the less destruction that will occur.

  • 1775concord

    There is one very big problem with this article: The Institute of Medicine "study" was bogus on many fronts, and was countered by a peer-reviewed medical journal article less than a year after it was a non-peer-reviewed monograph.
    Let there be no question: there is indeed malpractice, and some people do die. But many people die as good care (medicine, surgery) is practiced, but no operation (or medication) is perfect, and some patients may develop "complications" despite the best, and correct, care. And some die from hospital nurse mistakes.

    The "Institute of Medicine" (their self-appointed name) was correct in pointing out that there are hospital deaths. BUT, contrary to the allegation in this article, the ESTIMATED 44,000 to 98,000 deaths a year were due to problems which developed in the hospital, NOT due to medical malpractice. Next: the "study" of 1998 was a review of charts in New York State from 1984. It was done by two doctors, not specialists, and there was little agreement between the two doctors, reviewing charts independently, as to whether the hospital care caused the death.. Something like 800+ deaths that they reviewed was gigantically extrapolated to cover all hospital admissions in the US that year, and 800 became 98,000. Let's look at what counted as a hospital death (roughly): Patient X, a 60 year old male, has had progressive lung cancer for two years, His lungs are so infiltrated with cancer, and he has lost so much weight, that he cannot breathe at home even with an oxygen tank. He is admitted to Hospital A and an endotracheal tube is placed so that he can be placed on a respirator and survive. After two weeks on the respirator, he develops pneumonia in his emaciated body, and dies a week later. This would have been called a hospital death in the Institute of Medicine study. Good grief.
    I believe that some doctors do "cover" for each other...but not all, nor even an overwhelming majority. Doctors do not want bad doctors representing Medicine, nor taking care of their patients. But a massive problem now is hospital, which are NOT run by doctors, which not only cover for mistakes, often made by the nurses they employ, but also doctors either in the hospital's employ or those who have essentially sold out to the hospital. Doctor whistleblowers are attacked by the hospital administrators and their crony doctors, as the whistleblowers seek better patient care. For instance, at The Medical Center of Aurora (Colorado), a patient died after brain surgery and the surgeon (who had pointed out multiple examples of substandard nursing care and lack of operating room and radiology equipment) was summarily suspended by the hospital. But it turned out that the death was caused by the ICU nurse and the hospital's doctor, a pulmonologist, who overdosed the patient with so much morphine that he could not breathe, yet took him off the respirator and left his room; and falsified a second set of nurses' notes. That suspension was done at the hands of Sylvia Young, hospital administrator...who did nothing to correct her action against the whistleblowing doctor, even when a malpractice lawyer found both sets of notes, and sued the hospital (successfully) but did not sue the surgeon.
    Only about 15-17% of practicing doctors belong to the AMA. That organization is totally worthless in protecting doctors, who are attacked all over the US in such cases; and the AMA did nothing substantial to prevent the passage of Obamacare.
    Guns, here, may be the cause of knives, etc. But the common thread is mental illness. And insurance companies, including the govt (Medicare, Medicaid, the uninsured), particularly with their restricting of visits to treaters, have failed to pay ppsychiatrists/psychologists/hospitals enough to manage this problem

    • lilolady

      The most I got from 1775 concord is that it is the nurses' fault, the
      hospitals fault, the hospital administrators fault. I agree that the AMA is worthless and a joke. There is plenty of the blame to go around and plenty of people who know what is wrong with the system and very few who will take the steps to make the corrections and make plenty of noise about it while they are doing it. Shame is not a bad thing when properly employed and voiced about loudly. Brings light into a dark place and attention to where the scalpel should be carefully employed.

  • 912always

    The issue here is only about control, an armed populace is a defense against government aggression. If this were not the case the government would be outlawing anything that caused death from the food we are allowed to eat to light bulbs we are allowed to use, oh wait, they are.

  • cajanone1

    Dimwhitcratic party kills more people that all other causes of death put together!!

  • Disgusted!

    Lets all just stop driving cars as well! How anyone can like this administration is beyond me! Too bad this election was stolen and lies are accepted as truth now days. That really sucks! And, why is the FDA so horrible about what they allow in our food? Oh, nevermind! Nobody knows!

  • DAveNTejas

    Please quit confusing practicality with gun control, the two do not go together.

  • Bob Lee

    Knock and the door will be opened, Ask and the answer Given, we do not know because we do not seek to follow God and His all loving and wise ways! In Fact, our government's official stand is to fight prohibit God from our schools and our thoughts and our laws.
    We are officially opposing the best answers for our problems. Encouraging the 10 commandments to be taught and understood will lead to peace and harmony in our once wonderful land!

    • Allan Holtz

      I doubt very many adults in America today even KNOW the 10 commandments or that they are from God, let alone be able to teach them to their children because they are not guideposts in their own lives.

    • Cherry Six

      Bob Lee, ever hear about Revelation, the Alpha and the Omega, the end of things, for surely there is a beginning and the end? Well, according to many, things are under way for what is and will be called World War III, between Israel and the Arabs. Ever hear about Napoleon, Hitler, and Mobus? Well a Mobus recently went to China as Ambassador from obammi. The world is already heading to a financial and economic collapse, which will happen sooner than later. Ever hear of Nostradomus. Guess what, he was an Illuminati too, laying out future plans for things to come. The Illuminati uses countries finances and economies to either award or destroy countries, by way of finances and economies. World International Bankers and filthy rich people are connected to the US Federal Reserve Bank, which are owned by different countries and wealthy individuals. Think I'm kidding? Look up Illuminati, Federal Reserve Bank owners, 13 Countries belonging at the top of the Illuminati.

    • Cherry Six

      By the way, Bob Lee. The Federal Reserve Bank is a private corporation, owned by those at the top of the Illuminati and the Federal Reserve Bank.