Apr 17, 2013 1:13 PM by NBC News

Researchers say mistakes make hospitals money

Hospitals make more money when they make mistakes, according to a new analysis.

Researchers looked at the records of more than 30,000 surgical patients, of which nearly 2,000 had a complication that could have been prevented, like a blood clot or infection.

Patients who experienced a complication stayed in the hospital longer, and their bill was roughly $30,000 more than those without complications.

The researchers say they don't believe hospitals are intentionally making mistakes to earn money; however, there is little incentive to try to improve their performance because it will cost them money.

The researchers say complication rates might go down if insurance companies change the payment system to not cover charges related to a preventable complication.



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