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The Business Case for Total Health 

The Business Case for Total Health
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The Business Case for Total Health
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Kathy Gerwig

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199385836.003.0003
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date: 05 June 2020

There is a preponderance of evidence that a greener health care enterprise is not only affordable but in most cases it results in an improved cost structure. With little or no investment, significant operating savings can be realized. Examples include savings from waste management, eliminating mercury-containing devices, and energy efficiency. These activities support the triple bottom line of social, environmental and economic performance. The strategies that reduce toxicity in our environment and carbon dioxide emissions are the same strategies that reduce illness in our society and reduce society’s health care costs.

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