Surgery mistakes make hospitals more money

April 17, 2013 9:44:42 AM PDT
A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, finds that hospitals often make a large profit when surgery goes wrong.

A medical error can cause a three day hospital stay to become a two week stay, which can result in an additional $39,000 in profit for the hospital if the patient has private insurance.

The authors of the study reason that if a hospital is paid a fixed amount for a given surgery, there would be more incentive to get it right.