Well, this is disturbing. A company called Scitec Inc., which manufactures telephones for hotels and institutions, manufactures a disposable landline telephone for hospitals. Designed to be mounted to a bedrail, it's intended to be used by a single patient, then thrown away—after it has performed its function of generating profit, of course.
"Scitec single-use disposable healthcare telephones and accessories help reduce patient room cross-contamination, cleaning and repair costs," reads the sales sheet, "and increase telecom revenues."
Incredibly, these cost just $13.95—for the hospitals. How much do you reckon they mark them up to the patients?