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Survey: Medical Equipment Spending Projected to Decline in 2013

December 28, 2012, 07:31 AM
Filed Under: Medical

DOTmed reported that hospitals expect to increase spending for health IT and construction while investments for medical equipment will continue to drop, according to a recent survey released by Premier, an alliance of hospitals dedicated to improving health care performance.

According to the DOTmed report, of the 617 hospital executives and managers surveyed, only 41% anticipate increasing capital spending compared with last year, which is a steady drop from 42% in 2011 and 46% in 2010.

Executives forecast spending on imaging, surgical, clinical and lab equipment to drop by more than 23% from six months ago and 43% expect health IT to be their biggest capital investment in 2013.

Reimbursement cuts were cited by 74% of respondents as the number one trend impacting hospitals.

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