First of all, it is essential to choose quality equipment: always keep in mind that the equipment will be used every day, both by the healthcare professional and by his patients. Take the time to choose well and it is therefore essential to study the different offers under penalty of regretting a bad choice which could be harmful on a daily basis and which will be difficult to come back to in the medium term.
The instinct is to choose a local supplier
This point is essential to hope to benefit from an efficient and rapid after-sales service in the event of equipment malfunction. Today, whether he is a chiropodist, physiotherapist or dental surgeon, a healthcare professional cannot afford to stay, even for half a day, without his office functioning, proximity is therefore always great asset. ”
What is the average cost of medical equipment?
It is impossible to answer such a question, it depends on the profession and the material. For example, radiologists and laboratories are now more and more often provided their equipment by manufacturers with a fee-for-service system. Like a photocopier, they pay at the meter: it is according to the acts performed that they will settle the invoice to the manufacturer.
- You also have to look at what the price includes: is maintenance included?
- Is it unlimited?
- Are training in the use of the equipment included?
This point is important, because the equipment is constantly evolving, in particular for dental surgeons and orthodontists refresher training is therefore sometimes welcome.
Are there obligations to control medical equipment?
Yes, there are specific obligations for dental surgeons and radiologists, who are forced to have all their ionizing radiation devices checked every 5 years. These checks must be carried out externally by a PCR (competent person) in radiation protection.
Some equipment suppliers have chosen to form their own PCR in order to offer a turnkey offer to their healthcare professional customers. This prevents them from looking for the company themselves that will have to carry out the mandatory checks on the equipment.
In dental offices, compressor tanks, depending on their characteristics, must also be tested and tested by an approved body.
How do you support members in choosing their equipment?
We have a network of partner suppliers, around 230 in the region, which we select rigorously, depending on the quality of the equipment and after-sales service.
- Thus, when a client requests us, we are generally able to direct him to a few partner suppliers according to his wishes, systematically favoring the suppliers who are closest to his professional premises, ideally located in his department or his region.
- By going through a supplier partner, our members benefit from privileged conditions for the financing of their medical equipment.
Are there any specificities for professionals working in groups?
The associates can acquire their equipment together. This situation is frequent when the investments are important, for example, a panoramic X-ray for dental surgeons. In this case, they choose together the equipment and the supplier, and the financing. is done with our services via the structure, often a SCM or a SCP.
Most used medical equipment according to a study carried out
This study carried out in 2003 concerns a sample of general practitioners. Questionnaires were submitted to retrieve information on their rate of equipment with medical devices.
Here is a summary of the study which covers three main categories of medical equipment, namely gynecological examination equipment, pediatric examination equipment, electrocardiograph and emergency equipment.