Archive for October, 2012
Many cities throughout the United States can benefit from a free clinic. Because these clinics require little to no payment from their clients, it is important to be as frugal as possible when setting up the facility. Buying medical equipment, supplies, and even renting the office space are all examples of expensive initial outlays. Searching for alternatives can cut costs tremendously.
One of the first decisions is where the clinic will be located. Most often free clinics are located in low-income areas of a city. This usually means rent on the office space will be low. That also may mean a significant amount of maintenance work will need to be done on the inside to get the area ready for business. By purchasing supplies like paint, carpeting, and cleaning supplies at a discount store this may help save money. Enlisting the help of friends and volunteers rather than hiring a crew will cut costs as well.
Another significant expense for a clinic will be the medical equipment and supplies. Some examples of basic medical equipment would be blood pressure cuffs, defibrillators, x-ray machines, and examination tables. Other things that will be needed are storage cabinets, and furnishings for the waiting room such as chairs and tables. An alternative to purchasing these new would be to buy them used. There are many companies that specialize in the sale of used medical equipment. All of the equipment is refurbished to meet current medical health and safety standards and cost significantly less than buying them new. This is another way a person can save on expensive overhead costs prior to opening the facility.
There are many facilities that offer refurbished medical equipment. The experts at Whittemore Enterprises Medical Equipment Center offer a variety of different kinds of equipment and supplies for nearly any type of medical clinic.