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Healthcare Supply Chain Management by Min Hokey

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CHAPTER 3

Designing Sustainable Healthcare Supply Chains

Any human activity consumes natural resources such as air, water, minerals, and natural sources (e.g., wind, geothermal, and solar power) of energy and can consequently do harm to our natural environments that produce resources. To continuously use natural resources for a number of generations to come, human species should find a way to regenerate those resources by maintaining the ecological balances of natural environments. In this regard, healthcare process is no exception. For example, to treat sick or injured patients, doctors have to use medicines that are made of natural herbs and chemical ingredients extracted from natural sources. Also, to operate medical equipment (e.g., X-ray ...

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