I think that the risk of dying due to malpractice in the US is about on par with the risk of dying in an airplane. Now, I have no proof for this, but...
A couple links:
From the first, I infer that there are about 100 deaths per year in airplane accidents (I get this from a 50,000 number of deaths in auto accidents and a statement that there are 500 times more of those than airplane deaths).
The second says medical errors kill 195,000 per year in the US.
These are certainly not indisputable sources, but they'd have to be pretty far off for the inequality to go the other way.
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