Greening Hospitals Would Cut Health Care Costs

From Sustainable Business

As President Obama’s health care reform prepares to rollout this year, all eyes are on whether it will actually lower health care costs.

One area that deserves attention is the health system’s costly environmental footprint.

The study, “Can Sustainable Hospitals Help Bend the Health Care Cost Curve?” finds that cutting energy use and waste could save $5.4 billion over the next five years and $15 billion over 10 years.

Although hospitals are making progress, they are still among the most energy-intensive facilities in the US because they operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

They account for 8% of US greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 2007 study.

The sector spends about $10 billion a year on energy, which consumes 1-3% of a typical hospital’s operating budget.

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