Dutch hospitals reveal mortality rates

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Dutch hospitals have for the first time published their mortality rates.

The numbers indicating how many people died in 2009 during or immediately after treatment were put online on Thursday, after years of pressure from interest groups and political parties. Hospitals had kept up their resistance for reasons of privacy, for fear of commercialisation, and to protect doctors' reputations.

It is assumed the figures give an indication of the quality of the care given by the hospitals. Higher mortality rates could be a pointer to poorer caring.

The 91 hospitals whose numbers have been published emphasise that these are rough data, without corrections for age or condition of the patients upon intake. Corrected figures are expected by next year, conforming to the internationally accepted Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio HSMR calculation methods.

The figures

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