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Opinion: Cost-cutting jeopardizes many Americans’ access to lifesaving oxygen therapy

We wouldn't tolerate a pharmacy failing to provide prescribed medication. We shouldn't tolerate companies failing to deliver prescribed oxygen therapy, though it happens all the time.
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What could a fit mountaineer scaling the world’s tallest peak possibly have in common with an obese store clerk living at sea level? Both need equipment that can deliver extra oxygen but may have trouble getting it.

The New York Times recently published a harrowing story detailing how oxygen suppliers on Mount Everest have put climbers at risk by cutting costs to maximize profits. Some climbers have been harmed — the exact number is unknown — and some may have died due to a lack of oxygen.

A similar problem is occurring

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