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Cleaning Up: How Hospital Outsourcing Is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients

Dan Zuberi


To cut costs and maximize profits, hospitals in the United States and many other countries are outsourcing such tasks as cleaning and food preparation to private contractors. To examine this transformation in the healthcare industry, this book looks at the consequences of outsourcing from two perspectives: its impact on patient safety and its role in increasing socioeconomic inequality. The book argues that outsourcing has been disastrous for the cleanliness of hospitals—leading to an increased risk of hospital-acquired infections, a leading cause of severe illness and death—as well as for the ... More

Keywords: hospital outsourcing, hospital cleaning, hospital food preparation, private contractors, healthcare industry, patient safety, socioeconomic inequality, hospital-acquired infection, low-wage workers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450723
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450723.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan Zuberi, author
Associate Professor of Social Policy, the University of Toronto