Rural Facilities at a High Risk of Shutting Down
This recent dotmed article illustrates the risk that rural hospitals face in today’s healthcare environment. Low patient volume, reduced reimbursement rates, and expensive medical technology, combine for a troublesome situation. Patients in rural areas at risk of not being able to secure needed healthcare for themselves and their families.
Over 50 percent of all cancer patients undergo radiation therapy as part of their treatment. As a result, patients are required to drive to the radiation therapy center, daily, for four to six weeks of treatment. Proximity to a facility are of paramount need, especially for elderly patients that have difficulty driving or depend of family members for transportation. For these patients, rural hospitals are critical.
Refurbished medical equipment can help rural hospitals lower expenses and improve margins, ensuring sustainability. Pre-owned linear accelerators, CT Scanners, Ultrasound Systems, and MRI systems can cost a fraction of the price of new and can help such facilities operate and thrive.