They say that what you DON’T know, CAN’T hurt you. But that’s not exactly true.
In fact, there’s something about your own medical care that you may not know, right now. And it not only can HURT you…
It could also KILL you!
See, silence truly IS golden when you’ve messed up. Anything you say CAN and WILL be used against you, right?
Doctors and hospitals are no exception. In fact, they can go into C-Y-A mode better than just about anyone on the planet.
It even has a name: The WHITE COAT WALL OF SILENCE. And an alarming new report reveals how it’s hurting and even killing innocent patients.
Hidden hospital stats put YOU in harm’s way
The new report in MedPageToday finds the perfect example. A hospital in North Carolina where the pediatric cardiology unit had a significantly higher-than-expected death rate.
- Doctors knew it.
- Surgeons knew it.
- And hospital administrators sure as heck knew it.
In fact, things got SO bad that MedPage reports some pediatric cardiologists at the hospital urged their own patients to GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!
Yet publicly, this information was kept under lock and key.
That’s the Great White Wall for you.
If not for an explosive report in the New York Times built around secret audio recordings from the hospital, the world might still be unaware that UNC had a death rate of nearly DOUBLE the national average… six percent versus 3.5 percent.
But the real problem isn’t this single hospital or its pediatric department. It’s that it can happen anywhere… and does.
So no matter whether you’re being treated for a heart condition, cancer, or a hernia, you can’t know what the White Wall is keeping from YOU.
Which means you could be completely unaware of the dangers… until it’s too late.
Tear down the White Wall and protect yourself
But you can take steps to ensure the Great White Wall is never an issue for you.
One reason the hospital was able to get away with this for so long is that it never publicly released its own mortality data.
But MOST hospitals and programs do.
If you get a referral or recommendation for a procedure to a specific hospital or clinic, ask about their death rates, complication rates, and how they compare to the national average.
Then, find other places that offer the same services and get their stats, too.
If ANY of them won’t release that info, consider that a BIG RED FLAG… and a warning to keep away.
You can also check online.
Google “Medicare Hospital Compare” to get data on ALL of the hospitals near you. That way you can go where you know you’ll have the best odds of coming back out in one piece.