Reusing medical supplies - page 5

What do you think of doctor's offices that reuse medical supplies? I am not talking about things that are sterilized and standard to be reused. Here are two examples. One, I worked as a CMA for... Read More

  1. by   brianpribis
    [so the next time you complain about reusing medical equipment take a look at your health insurance premiums, take a look at your bills if you had to pay cash. ask yourself would you be willing to do some of the labor yourself to save some money. ]

    That was the point of the post I wrote earlier. Here we are telling patients they have to carry around used urin cups and while those kind of reuses sound neat (or horrific) they really are not where the problem lies. There is so much overspending by doctors and hospitals that, if fully known, would make saving money on a few reusables look silly. Just check out the income of some of the hospital administrators. I am all for people making good money but I do have a problem when a small city hospital pays the hospital president (or whatever they call him/her) over $250,000 plus a load of beni's while at the same time complaining that they can't afford to pay the nurses.

    As to insurance and premiums I would be glad to pay less and do more work! My premium (if I could afford to pay it) would be around $500/mo (not to mention a deduct of $1000). That is the other thing about all this, in situations where people have seen the sort of petty cut backs that we have seen on this continent they haven't seen the savings passed onto the patient (o.k. lets not get into HMO's and managed health care here!).


    (Stepping down off the box now ;-)
    b--
  2. by   dawngloves
    Originally posted by tonchitoRN
    . you might think this is so horrible but let me tell you. i paid $210 a month for private health insurance for a family of 4. i could get a cbc for as little as $35-$50 cash, to have a baby costs less than $2000 which includes prenatal care and a normal vag. delivery. the md's were trained in usa accredited schools. the care was good. so the next time you complain about reusing medical equipment take a look at your health insurance premiums, take a look at your bills if you had to pay cash. ask yourself would you be willing to do some of the labor yourself to save some money.
    also, someone posted that the usa has the resources. check again. hospitals are going out of business, md's are retiring early. the resources are not like they used to be.
    Not for nothing, but that's about what I pay for my insurance, that also covers labs, prenatal care and my deductable is $500 which is waived because I work for the hospital where I delivered.
    I would wonder about where else an MD would be cutting cost if I was expected to BYOSC. As it was sited, you can get paper cups at Sam's Club pretty darn cheap.
    An OB's insurance is outrageous, but nickle and diming isn't going to pay the premiums of 100k or more.
  3. by   TracyB,RN
    Zudy, some diaylsis filters are made to be re-used, due to some type of reaction that some diaylsis patients may have when a new filter is used. I can't remember the exacts of what the syndrome is called. But when the filters are used again, they are only used on the same patient.

close