Published on : March 01, 2011
Global Opportunities in Green Healthcare & Sustainable Healthcare
The United States has been a leader in Sustainable Healthcare and Green Healthcare. Many existing hospitals have implemented green healthcare practices and upgraded their infrastructure. It is almost a given fact that any new major healthcare or hospital project in the US willbe “green” and focus on a sustainable healthcare approach. While the US is one of the largest green markets, one of the most overlooked markets for green healthcare is the international marketplace. There is a healthcare building boom occurring all over the world, and the investment in healthcare internationally is significantly greater than in the United States. The international “green healthcare” building boom is occurring as governments invest in healthcare, but also there is growth in many developing countries of the middle and upper class, and these people are demanding the highest quality healthcare. Developers can’t even keep up with the demand for new healthcare services globally.
One of the problems is many of the governments and developers building hospitals don’t have access to the same green healthcare services and experts as in the United States. Many of the leading companies don’t offer the same services internationally or are not marketing and servicing these international markets. Sustainable Healthcare needs to catch up to the growth of the global market, and global players need to be educated on the most cutting edge options when designing and building healthcare facilities.