You may be surprised that fictional hospitals on TV do not have a very good track record compared to real life. According to research by Amir Hetsroni, an Israeli professor of communications, your chances of survival are pretty slim if you are a patient on a medical drama. From Freakanomics website:
He and his students watched numerous episodes of ER, Chicago Hope, and Greyâ€™s Anatomy, keeping detailed coding books on every patient â€“ their race, approximate age, their malady, the treatment, and whether they lived or died. Their resulting paper was called â€œIf You Must Be Hospitalized, Television Is not the Place.â€
The study found that TV patients are nearly nine times more likely to die than actual patients.
You should check out the two Freakonomics episodes on healthcare.