Healthcare is a major issue in the current political scene, and every presidential candidate has to discuss it. Here’s some factual information.
There are three stages in the provision of healthcare. First is the accurate diagnosis of diseases. Initially, physicians will conduct interview, physical checkup, laboratory tests. Through the data they gathered from these tests, they would be able to determine and classify the type of ailment a patient has. The second part is the treatment wherein medicines and medical equipment are used to eliminate the ailment. Prevention is also part of a complete healthcare system but people usually neglect this idea. Form the first to the last stages, medical treatment can be costly. However, healthcare providers that utilize used medical equipment are able to lower the cost of their medical services.
In the diagnostic stage, it is not really a big deal to use refurbished X-ray machines, CT scanners, and ultrasound machines. There equipment repair and maintenance centers that are capable of restoring medical equipment back to functional condition. There are also restored equipment for the therapeutic stage like pumps and surgical machines. Because of the sensitivity of their applications, a lot of trouble shooting, checkup, and testing goes into the refurbishing of second hand medical equipment. Medical equipment like this must be accompanied by regular maintenance schedule. This is to ensure that the new parts that were installed are functioning well. Moreover, constant maintenance prevents serious malfunctions in the equipment. In machines as in the human body, prevention is better than major repair.
There are other procedures in medical treatment that benefit from the utilization of second hand equipment. Aside from purchasing refurbished ones that they greatly need, hospitals must also ensure that their old medical equipment is properly maintained. Because of deterioration, most of them need frequent checkup and repair. In comparison, investing in the refurbishing of medical equipment is more economical that buying new ones after a few years. Because most of this sophisticated equipment are electronically operated, there are already spare parts that are available in the market. For the computerized ones, an IT expert can more or less figure out the structure of the software. In the field of medical technology, experts with various specializations can easily be tapped.