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November 11, 2009

Estimate of the Carbon Footprint of the US Health Care Sector

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2009;302(18):1967-1972. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1610

To the Editor: Despite heightened worldwide interest in sustainable health care, the carbon footprint of the US health care sector has not yet been estimated. Quantifying the environmental impact of health care is important to determine the potential value of mitigation efforts and to reduce harm associated with health care delivery. We estimated the carbon footprint of the US health care sector, defined as total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production of health care goods and services.

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