Healthgrades a leading hospital rating organization, recently released its fifth annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals study. If your kids brought home these grades you would not be very happy!

It finds from 2004 through 2006 there were 238,337 preventable deaths among Medicare patients. That cost the program and ultimately taxpayers (you) $8.8 billion.

The study detected 1.2 million safety problems during nearly 41 million hospital stays logged by the country’s Medicare recipients. The study analyzed 41 million Medicare patient records.

Poor grades indeed!

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at