If last Tuesday’s election results are any indication, then the answer to that is a solid “maybe.” While the 2018 midterms produced some confusing results, they did offer some clarity with respect to health care policy.
The Vizient Research Institute’s 2017 study found that health care prices, if left unchecked, will be unaffordable for the American middle class by 2030. Utilization reduction, the ambition of nearly all public policy and private sector risk-sharing initiatives, would be wholly insufficient to achieve economic sustainability.
When it comes to hospital budgets, linen and laundry costs sometimes get ignored. After all, laundry and linen expenses only account for 2 to 3 percent of a hospital’s budget, according to the American Reusable Textile Association.
In addition to caring for critically ill patients, caregivers and support staff are battling changes to workload, shortages in necessary PPE and concern for the safety of their own families; all leaving them vulnerable to extreme stress.
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