This concluding chapter suggests measures for hospitals to reduce infection, as well as provide better economic opportunities for the working poor. Countries such as the Netherlands and Norway have done an extraordinary job of keeping rates of hospital-acquired infections extremely low. They have been proactive about hospital hygiene and other infection-control approaches and have largely avoided outsourcing hospital support services. From their example the chapter argues that focusing on preventive health care and public welfare are far more efficient ways of obtaining better health outcomes. Moreover, better health care is also dependent on the well-being of health support staff—in short, a new movement dedicated to fighting germs must also, on a fundamental level, uplift its workers.
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