Acceletronics’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tony Richardson, was recently interviewed for an article in HealthCare Business News Magazine entitled “The Economics of Radiation Oncology.” According to the article, overall demand for oncology services is projected to grow by up to 40 percent over the course of the next 10 years, potentially leading to a shortage in radiation oncologists by 2020 unless productivity can be enhanced. Continued improvements in linear accelerator technology and radiation therapy equipment may eventually resolve that issue, but at a cost—the maintenance and upkeep of this machinery is significant.
While tapping into refurbished linear accelerator machines does not resolve the issue of staff shortages, it does enable healthcare providers to cut down on overall costs of equipment and can improve efficiency by decreasing machine down time, giving patients the care they need, when they need it most.
The article also explains that, thanks in part to reimbursement cutbacks from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, there are fewer free-standing radiation therapy facilities being built than in years past, directly effecting replacement rates.
“There was a substantial increase [in reimbursement] when IMRT and IGRT modalities were introduced, but in the last three or four years reimbursement has been coming down,” Richardson says in the article.
Richardson also predicted the number of used and refurbished IGRT modalities to increase over the next two years as healthcare professionals seek high-quality alternatives that will enable them to continue caring for patients while staying within more restricted budgets. Read the full article here.
With more than 30 years of experience, the team at Acceletronics specializes in on-site repair, service, installation and refurbishment of radiation oncology equipment across the U.S. and much of the world. We offer 24/7/365 support to our customers and provide only the highest quality repair solutions and linac replacement parts from our sister company, RadParts.
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