A 2012 report by the National Academy of Medicine estimates that nationwide, $765 billion of medical supplies are wasted every year. Many of these thrown away items are in perfectly usable condition, and this massive waste contributes directly to rising healthcare costs.
One organization, Partners for World Health, has spent the last decade providing much needed medical equipment around the world, gathering supplies that would otherwise be sent to landfills. Currently, their warehouses hold an estimated $20 million in unused medical supplies.
The existence of such an organization, while beneficial in the broader sense, highlights the tremendous amount of waste generated, as well as the need for change in both facility policy and healthcare legislation.
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