In Australia, estimates suggest undesired harmful effects from medication or other intervention such as surgery occur in around 17% of hospital admissions. But blaming the doctors won't help.
Limiting ICU beds is suggested as a way to cut down on overuse, but that assumes doctors always know which patients need to be there.
In a time of growing populations, hospitals must guarantee access, ensure quality, minimise the chances of anything going wrong, and do it all within the available budget. So they need to change.
What are the most common reasons for going to hospital? What can go wrong? What's behind the state-Commonwealth funding fight? Our at-a-glance infographic has the answers.
Whether it's an emergency or a planned admission, going to hospital can be anxiety inducing – not knowing where you're heading or who will be looking after you. Here's a cheat sheet to guide you.
Hospitals in England anticipate a £2.3 billion deficit by the end of the financial year. That won't leave much in the kitty for the proposed NHS upgrade.
We start 2016 with big challenges for the health system and uncertainty as to how governments will meet them.
Seven babies died unnecessarily at Bacchus Marsh hospital between 2013 and 2014. The My Hospitals website and other reporting mechanisms gave no sign of any problems.
Britain's local healthcare system of small time gatekeepers should become stronger networks of powerful providers.
Over-65s use twice as many health resources as the average Australian. But it's worth the expense.
The UK's palliative care is excellent - but that hasn't prevented scandals like the Liverpool Care Pathway and Mid-staffs.
Integrated research is key to sustainable development, which helps Africa resolve its energy woes.
There is no harm in avoiding white coats, but there could be danger in wearing one.
On closing the asylums, Australia failed to invest in an alternative model of community mental health care. So there are few alternatives between the GP surgery and the hospital emergency department.
NHS moves to help staff become healthier but GPs are under pressure.
A Conservative white paper in 1944 suggested ideas for 'free' and 'comprehensive healthcare – but it was Labour that took the advantage.
To avoid ineffective treatments, we need a new way to identify and reduce questionable care. A new Grattan Institute report shows how to do it.
If you present to a hospital on the weekend, you have a higher chance of dying than if you present during the week. This is known as the "weekend effect".
Home births are on the up but hospitals still matter.
If the relationship between the government and the medical profession is the 'politics of the double bed', then this couple are in a rocky patch.