Patient safety and increased quality of care; some disparities remain

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

April 21, 2015

Between 2010 and 2013, patient safety improved with a 17% reduction in rates of hospital-acquired conditions. There were also 1.3 million fewer harms to patients, both of which led to a $12 billion in cost savings, according to an annual report issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Access to healthcare was widely improved with substantially decreased rates of uninsurance among adults ages 18-24 during the first half of 2014. Additionally, through 2012, children had better access to healthcare.

While the report is largely positive in terms of patient safety and improved quality of care, economic and racial disparities have not improved substantially.


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