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Economic aspects of medical errors


Rumyana G. Stoyanova1 / Ralitsa D. Raycheva2 / Rositsa Tz. Dimova3
1Department of Health Management, Health Economics and Primary Care
2Department of Social Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
3Department of Health Management, Health Economics and Primary Care
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Citation Information: Folia Medica. Volume 54, Issue 1, Pages 58–64, ISSN (Online) 1314-2143, ISSN (Print) 0204-8043, DOI: 10.2478/v10153-011-0079-5, October 2012
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The critical problem of medical errors and the associated costs has recently been increasingly in the focus of attention of a number of world renowned experts. In the present article we review in detail and analyse the economic aspects of this problem. A methodology to assess the cost of medical errors and an algorithm for their prevention are presented. The cost of a medical error and the expenses required to avoid and prevent it are compared using graphical analysis of the prevention cost curve and the medical error compensation damages cost curve.