There are many risks associated with the equipment we purchase on a day to day basis such as changing models, expiring warranties and companies going out of business. Similar risks are also present in purchasing environments of the healthcare supply chain. Most health systems ensure they have a sense of security to avoid risking their investments and productivity. Healthcare facilities like to invest in quality, safe and durable equipment. The kind of return on investment is determined by the life and depreciation rate of the equipment. Here are a few factors to be taken into account before buying medical equipment.
The manufacturer’s place is only where you should think of buying equipment. Original equipment manufacturers have direct access to parts, system upgrades, training and services for the equipment. Economical and alternatives to the new equipment include remanufactured equipment that manufacturers may have. To make sure that the equipment has met its specifications and worked efficiently, manufacturers have to test it. In case the equipment breaks down, you are guaranteed of repairs that can be accessed easily since you have an idea of who the manufacturer is.
It is also necessary to ensure that the equipment accessories and other components match. There are times where the pricing and listed specifications of the equipment do not match. Offerings and pricing may differ from one company to another. It is necessary to ask for quotes that explain all the details of the equipment to be able to make informed decisions. The benefits of buying original equipment involve assurance, long-term reliability and useful life.
Buying equipment should be accompanied by a warranty. The equipment may be of such high quality but experiencing a problem within the first few days may be inevitable. Your buying satisfaction is largely determined by the help you get after the sale. Written warranties and warranty forms should be signed in case the seller provides them. Proper documentation and background information lets you know who you are in business with. Obtaining a warrant for the equipment shows the worthiness of the company and reliability of the manufacturer.
Healthcare administrators should spend the money they have to buy capital equipment that could serve them for longer. Better returns on investment are only obtained when the equipment purchased is of better quality. Conducting thorough research on all the aspects of healthcare facilities is essential to a healthcare facility. It is also possible to either purchase remanufactured or refurbished equipment. Spending a bit more on cash should not be a fear as the equipment you are willing to buy can provide the needed services for a longer time.