This was emailed to me by a friend, so I don’t know where it came from, but Reuters is a world news site, so it might be from there. Anyway, this article is talking about how sales are dropping for new medical equipment becasue hosptials are buying used equipment to cut costs. I know of an imaging center, for example, that needed to sell a mammogram machine because it is for special cases only (dense breasts) and they have found that they only used is a handful of times each year. They would rather sell it, then refer those special cases out. Now another radiology clinic has the chance to buy this fantastic, 1 or 2 year old machine that has hardly been used, for way less than what a new one would cost.
MediBid.com has an equipment sales portal for buying and selling new and used equipment. You can sell anything from small to big, scrubs to CT scanners.
More hospitals buying refurbished imaging equipment to cut costs
Hospitals seeking to cut costs increasingly are purchasing used MRIs, CT scanners and other diagnostic imaging machines that have the same capabilities but cost much less, Reuters reports.Companies, such as Siemens AG, Philips Electronics and GE Healthcare, have said that while they have been refurbishing and reselling the machines for about 10 years, the market is this year “heating up” with orders. The global general manager of Goldseal—a subsidiary of GE Healthcare—notes that the company has experienced “double-digit” order growth in 2010.
According to Reuters, global sales for new imaging equipment are slowing because patients are choosing to delay care, prompting hospitals to keep imaging machines longer. Meanwhile, independent health care providers, corporate health care institutions and government entities are looking for ways bridge budget shortfalls as the population continues to age, the general manager of Philips Healthcare says.
In addition to saving money, the companies say that purchasing refurbished machines is another way health care providers can decrease their environmental footprint (Steenhuysen, Reuters, 12/14).