New report says that the healthcare industry is not very concerned about its pollution. Why would that be?
The reason is simple: healthcare is a government controlled industry. That protects it from environmental regulation. Government itself is of course the least regulated source of pollution in the country.
Few of the 49 largest healthcare organizations had reported efforts toward sustainability, according to the study published in JAMA Network Open. Unlike large corporations in other sectors, many of those involved with healthcare didn’t appear to be concerned about issues such as pollution, waste generation and disposal, and water use.
“The take home message is that large healthcare organizations in the United States, which have become a major sector in American industry, are not doing a good job of putting sustainability forward,” study coauthor Dr. Phil Landrigan told Reuters Health in a phone interview.