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How Should Clinicians and Health Care Organizations Respond When Civic Planning Concentrates Waste Processing in Minoritized Communities?

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Title
How Should Clinicians and Health Care Organizations Respond When Civic Planning Concentrates Waste Processing in Minoritized Communities?
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AMA Journal of Ethics, October 2022
DOI 10.1001/amajethics.2022.919
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Abstract

US health care is responsible for 8.5% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions, contributes to nearly 30 pounds of waste per patient per day, and uses a vast array of toxic chemicals and pharmaceuticals that pollute our air and water. Communities are not affected equally by the volume and location of this waste: historically marginalized populations are hurt first and worst. This commentary on a case considers the irony that the health sector simultaneously responds to and produces environmental damage and argues that health professionals are ethically bound to protect patients' and communities' health.

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