We all go to the hospital to get well, but it’s also possible to catch something there. Each room in a hospital is exposed to a variety of bacteria, as patients with a laundry list of ailments come and go 365 days a year, turning such environments into a gladiator school for germs.
Hospital-acquired infections are said to cost the U.S. health-care system billions of dollars a year, and the country’s health insurers have grown tired of footing the bill. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has said 2012 will be the year that hospitals should start paying to treat infections contracted on their premises.
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Source: The Wall Street Journal