So many factors have played a part in increasing the costs of healthcare, and the medical sector in general. Some of it has to do with supply and demand, some of it has to do with unhealthy lifestyles, and some of it has to do with the rising costs of medical equipment. This latter point has left a lot of hospitals and healthcare centres in a horrible middle ground where they are having to deal with these increasing costs for equipment they need while also having to deal with the fact that so many insurers reimbursing these hospitals and healthcare centres and increasingly low rates.
Of course, this has led to a pretty normal reaction, and one that has seen a lot of providers look into creative ways in which they may be able to pinch a cent of two, anything to help them keep their costs down, to the benefit of their patients as much as anyone. One of the most popular of these creative methods has been the rise of reselling, and providers choosing to buy refurbished equipment instead of going new.
Of course, buying used medical equipment is a savvy way to cut down on expenses, however, it does come with a few risks. The way to minimise these risks is know what you are looking for when buying.
Know What Refurbished Means
Refurbished means restoring a product back to the same standard as the manufacturer originally produced it. As such a complete inspection is conducted, worn parts are replaced, a re-calibration is completed and any cosmetic wear is dealt with.
The Supplier Is Important
No matter where you are buying your refurbished equipment, do your research first. Ask the person or reseller you are buying from about their refurbishment policies, quality assurances and warranty schemes. It is also worth finding out more about their history, such as how long they have been operating as biomedical technicians and what their technical background includes. The more you know about the reseller and the refurbishment company, the better the picture you will be able to paint and thus guarantee your product is in good condition.
Have A Budget And Stick To It
As a general rule of thumb, refurbished medical equipment will cost anywhere between 35 and 70 per cent less than its new counterpart. Of course, the actual percentage could tell you a lot about the condition and the age of the equipment in question. But by having an established budget to reference, you will know exactly what you can afford, which may be the determining factor.
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