Medical Errors May be More Common Than Previously Thought

A recent report issued by the Office of the Inspector General found that medical errors may be more common and more deadly than previously thought.

According to the study, 1 in 7 Medicare patients is hurt by care received in the hospital.   

Consumer groups are using this study to highlight the need for mandatory medical error reporting for all states and for the reports to be made available to the public.

What do you think?  Will increased reporting requirements have the desired effect of reducing medical malpractice or are other measures necessary?