Medical Waste and the Rising Healthcare Costs

Minnesota Nurses Association

Medical waste in hospitals, nursing homes, and beyond is a contributing factor to the record high costs of healthcare in the United States. Hospital spending accounts for approximately 32% of overall costs, and increasing evidence identifies wasted supplies as a driver of expenses that are passed on to patients. 

These issues go well beyond just hospital waste, however, with pharmaceutical manufacturers creating intentionally oversized doses of eyedrops and other liquid medication, leading to wasted excess that the patient is forced to pay for. This also extends into discarded prescription pills, unused medical devices, and beyond.

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