We should not be surprised that the government health system is going broke. My husband has been in three different health facilities for two months. The waste is outrageous. So far, all has been paid by Medicare and supplemental insurance.
From one facility, here is a list of products brought into his room that cannot be taken back for use — even though they are all unopened. So most patients take it home, of course.
Multiply this list by all the patients in the Medicare program: 24 barrier cream cloths, 15 bed pads, 12 alcohol prep pads, five mouth moisturizers, four tubs for bed baths, four scissors, four new deodorant sticks, three oral swabs, two stethoscopes, two lip balm, two toothbrushes, two shaving creams, two razors, two tubes of toothpaste, one tweezers, one electric fan, one bottle hand lotion, one bottle mouth wash, one body powder.
— Caroline Adams, Valparaiso