Hospital Autopsies On the Decline
Follow @GretchenMargFebruary 6, 2012, 11:27 am ET
If you or a loved one dies in a hospital, there is only a 5 percent chance an autopsy will be performed. This number, down from about 20 percent prior to 1971, has broad implications: Families might not have certain answers as to how a loved one died, and inaccurate data could be passed along to public health officials, who then use it to make policy decisions.
There’s also, of course, a powerful financial incentive:
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