Is it Safer to Fly or Go to the Hospital?

New information recently released by the World Health Organization (WHO) finds that the combination of different risks associated with hospital stays, including the risks of medical errors and infections, are far greater than the risk of flying.

In fact, the risks aren’t even close.  According to the WHO, patients admitted to the hospital in any country have a 1 in 300 chance of dying because of an error in care. Those who travel by air have a 1 in 10 million chance of dying because of an accident.

The WHO recommends that people going into the hospital ask questions about their care, or have loved ones or advocates who can do it for them, so that potentially deadly medical errors may be prevented and hospitals may be the safe places they are intended to be.