"Hospital pricing is often convoluted, and hospital charges represent about a third of the total United States health care bill."
The Administrators of the Pittsburgh VA hospital discovered there was legionella in their water supply. Rather than taking proper steps to, you know, fix that before it killed people less work to use an agent that doesn’t kill legionella to treat the water. They didn’t even bother to tell staff and patients. As a result five veterans died and sixteen more got sick. One of those killed was a WWII veteran only in for dehydration. How are the people who deliberately poisoned all those people being punished? Have they been arrested for manslaughter? Have they at least been fired? Of course not. They got huge bonuses for “doing such a good job.” Have a Great Fucking Memorial Day! There are six more honored dead who would have been alive if they hadn’t gone to the hospital to remember today.
The only two American Companies willing to pay for safety upgrades like fire escapes in their factories in Bangladesh are Abercrombie and Fitch and PVH (Tom Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, et. al). Walmart, Target, the Gap, etc. absolutely refuse because the workers having even minimal rights to safety will help unions and therefore letting people die in Bangladesh is in the company interests. They insist that like the owners of the factory that collapsed, they can do an excellent job of self inspection. After all, who is going to keep the workers safer, an independent review that will close the factory if it’s likely to kill people, or an internal inspector with a strong profit motive not to? The one protecting company profits over the lives of mere humans, obviously. Two dozen European companies have signed the agreements. It’s shameful that US companies are not doing the same. They aren’t even asking for a living wage. They are asking for a reasonable chance not to die at work. That’s all.