I have been reading the recent articles about medical errors causing patient deaths. Two hundred and fifty-one thousand deaths a year, or nearly 700 deaths a day, are totally unconscionable numbers!

My question is: Do the medical professionals responsible for all these deaths have the audacity to actually charge for killing people? If they do, I have a solution that may actually bring about the corrective actions that have not happened so far.

When patients die from egregious medical errors, neither the patients’ families nor their insurance providers should be required to pay the bills. If no payments are forthcoming, those death numbers would likely drop substantially in no time.

In response to the “But how do we know?” question, I would suggest it’s well beyond time to report medical errors on death certificates. No more cover-ups!

Carol Watson

North Yarmouth