Self Assessment Tool

Cost of Errors Tool

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In addition to the toll in patient suffering and death, measurable medical errors are estimated to cost the U.S. economy $19.5 billion in 2008. But how much are they costing in your geography? This interactive tool can help you estimate the economic burden associated with the most common medical errors within a given population, based on actuarial data.

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The figures and calculations herein are estimates made for informational purposes only. As each hospital is unique, your facility may have other costs, capacities, or other variables that may not be reflected herein. GE Healthcare accepts no liability for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided in this tool.

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  • Gerhard Friedrich January 7, 2011 8:24 AM

    When the rising cost of Healthcare is examined in this way these costs are seldom highlighted. The legal profession continues to benefit, hospital's defend themselves and their employees, but little is invested in helping patients to avoid further harm and healthcare loses the opportunity to learn from the systemic errors.

    All that's known so who will work to stop the insanity of continuing to do what we know doesn't work?

  • K Jones January 12, 2011 1:46 PM

    Please say more about the methodology used for these calculations and the source of the estimated incidences for specific errors. Thank you.

  • Josh Savage January 14, 2011 11:14 AM

    Here is the calculation of the cost of medical errors using this new GE tool and the geographical population of our primary service area. Kind of scary-isn't it?

  • Brenda Toy January 17, 2011 2:48 PM

    Thank you for your inquiry on this tool. The methodology and estimates of medical error incidence rates used in this calculator are described in the Economic Measurement of Medical Errors report published by the Milliman Group and sponsored by the Society of Actuaries. The report can be found at

  • D February 28, 2011 8:27 AM

    not sure what you want here

  • vanessa October 7, 2011 10:22 AM

    Excellent tools, thanks very much!

  • Amy March 26, 2012 10:03 PM

    I have a question about this tool - does the "population" estimate referring to the population of an area, or a hospital population? Can it be applied to a hospital population? For instance, if a hospital sees 50,000 patients a year - if I type in 50,000 does that give me a good estimate for the cost of medical errors in a particular hospital? Thank you!