Healthcare delivery refers to the system by which services are delivered to allow people to live healthy lives. It includes not only medical care but related care as well, such as treatment by a dentist or physical therapist. Healthcare may be delivered in many different settings, including hospitals, freestanding clinics, individual physician offices, community and workplace clinics, and the patient's home, and may be funded publicly, privately, or some combination of the two.

In most developed countries, healthcare costs constitute a significant portion of national expenditures, and healthcare institutions such as hospitals use large quantities of natural resources and produce large quantities of waste. Recently, many hospitals and other healthcare organizations have become interested in ways to make their operations greener by means such as reducing ...

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