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Table 4 Perspective: Selected Causes of death, 1999

From: Priorities of health policy: cost shifting or population health

Cause No of deaths
AIDS 122
Suicide (intentional self harm) 2,492
Motor vehicle accidents 1,741
Accidental falls 520
Homicide 300
Accidental drowning/submersion 278
Poisoning by drugs/medications 1,015
Subtotal 6,468
All deaths from adverse events(1) 9,000
All preventable adverse events (2) 4,500
(1) 50 percent of reported estimate  
(2) assuming 50 not 60 percent are preventable