Imagine a hospital that does not allow new parents to see their newborn baby because they do not have protective linens that allow them to enter the baby intensive care unit. Or, even worse, a hospital that does not have the storage capacity to store all of its needles and IV supplies, leaving an unorganized mixture among many of its basic instruments.
These kinds of situations need not be imagined because in some countries they are actually realities. Surgeries cannot be performed because of lack of the necessary surgery tools. Basic procedures become immense obstacles because facilities do not have the proper requirements to help facilitate a patient.
Such hospitals and private practices say simply that the reason for this is understandable, lack of funds. In such a situation basic medication takes first priority over greater medicinal purposes, and hospitals also make a similar claim as well.
This is inexcusable today because today there is top of the line used medical equipment being sold by respectable companies at inexpensive prices. These companies can back their guarantee that the equipment works well and sell it for almost half of the price.
The price of used medical equipment is almost half the cost of new medical equipment and almost exactly alike in quality.
As a matter of fact, not only are used surgical utensils for sale, but complex X-Ray machines and MRI machines are also available for purchase. This is equipment that although previously used still functions as new.
It is possible to argue that in the field of medicine, where the tiniest bit of error could make a world of difference in a patient's life, used, refurbished medical equipment has no place because of the fact that it is better to rely on textbook medical judgment than to be misled by faulty medical tools.
To eliminate this argument it is important to remember that even though it is irrefutable that in medicine precision is of the utmost importance, even new medical equipment will eventually become old, used medical equipment. That does not by any means mean that it is no longer operational. Just the opposite is true, and it can help correctly diagnose a patient's illness.
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