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Integrating Sustainability and Public/Environmental Health into Provider Incentives

Submitted by Rachel Pohl | 07 Dec, 2015

My idea is to integrate the agenda of Global Green and Healthy Hospitals into the discussion about designing provider incentives, including opportunities such as hospital waste management, energy/buildings, safer chemicals, supply chain/procurement, etc...

See https://noharm-global.org/issues/global/global-green-and-healthy-hospitals-ag...

This approach to prevention and improved health outcomes for people and the planet is measurable and offers opportunities for quality and cost savings. It also links to broader goals related to sustainable development and self sufficiency for consumers and health providers/workers....

Suggest you look at ways of incentivizing employers and broader leadership influencing health care investment and system redesign.

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Maggie Sullivan Advisor Replied at 12:27 PM, 11 Dec 2015

I think this is a great idea. One of the key underpinnings of incentives (to me) is making the 'right' thing to do easier, rather than more difficult. Like any network of systems, most of us will bend toward the path of least resistance - not because we don't want to do the 'right' thing, but because other pressures, such as time constraints, patient expectations, tedium, etc, are chronic and forceful. I would love to be incentivized to not contribute to the mountains of medical waste we create, but the way systems are created now, I would have to go out of my way to do so. This would be a welcome change.

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