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Mexican National Commission on Medical Arbitration Announces Findings

Tuesday, November, 1, 2011

The National Commission on Medical Arbitration for Mexico has announced through its Director of Research, Javier Santacruz, that patients who enter a public hospital in Mexico are at more risk of further injury or complication than are individuals who board an airplane. This finding comes from data that in several Latin American nations including Mexico, approximately ten patients out of every 100 who enter a hospital ends up suffering adverse effects as a result of their hospital stay. Infections are one of the most common complications that can result from a stay in the hospital. Other nations evaluated as having a 10% adverse impact rate included Peru, Argentina, Colombia, and Costa Rica.


A Harvard University study has evaluated the equivalent risk differential in the United States to be approximately 4%. The two figures would indicate that Mexican hospitals are, on average, more than 2.5 times as likely to cause harm or injury to patients than are U.S. hospitals.


The Mexican study included 50 nationalized hospitals and concluded that nurses make fewer errors in patient treatment than do doctors.


Medical Arbitration a Choice in the United States


In the United States, when patients experience harm, they can attempt to recoup damages by filing a malpractice lawsuit in court or by using the alternative dispute resolution process of medical malpractice arbitration.