Most of us expect to pay much less for something that is refurbished than something that is new. That's a perfectly reasonable expectation and one that holds as true for interventional equipment as any product. With that expectation intact, the question becomes, "Exactly how much do I stand to save by buying a refurbished cath lab?"
There are two answers to this question:
If you call up GE, Philips, or Siemens and say, "I need a fully digital vascular cath lab with a 30cm detector," chances are you'll spend between $900,000 and $1,300,000 for a new system with a one-year warranty.The same model, refurbished, with a one-year warranty falls into the $450,000 - $495,000 range. With those averages in mind, there's a good chance you could save your hospital $500,000.
So, now that you've saved 500,000 hypothetical dollars, you might wonder what other uses you could find for them. Below are a few options:
Of course, options 1 and 2 are sensible and realistic ways to use your savings for the greater good of your imaging facility. But, since we're already dealing in the hypothetical, let's have some fun with this 500K:
Option 3 rewards a frugal and discerning purchasing manager with a new Bentley Continental convertible, a 60" LED TV, a new Rolex Yacht Master II, a three-week vacation in Zurich (first-class flight and five-star hotel, of course), a new Brooks Brothers suit to wear each day of that vacation, and tuition for their child's undergrad at Harvard.
Wherever the savings go at the end of the fiscal year, a number like $500,000 makes it clear that refurbished cath lab equipment is an option well worth considering. On top of the savings, features like ISO-certified refurbishment processes, extended warranties, and parts and service coverage are becoming increasingly available on the secondary market, making refurbished equipment as reliable to use and simple to maintain as many brand-new systems.
To learn more about your used and refurbished cath lab equipment, service, and parts options, contact us or download our free Cath Lab Buyer's Guide.