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Elekta Finds New Interest in Leasing Solutions as Hospitals Debate Capital Purchases
Date:3/20/2009

nths or years for the item to be funded out of the capital budget."

Another recent trend to accommodate for shrinking budgets is bundling all aspects of a system into a single lease, says Santore. "Hospitals are shopping for equipment, service, software and financing to be arranged all from one source, thereby helping to improve efficiency and reduce costs. So while hospitals still seek to diversify the sources of financing, they are making fewer leasing agreements for larger bundles." He adds that, leases - operating or capital - often help hospitals avoid equipment obsolescence, which can help to prevent loss of volume to other hospitals, treatment centers and physician offices. The manufacturer benefits also because it expedites both the sales and payment process.

Operating leases are receiving renewed interest not only because of the economy. Federal Stark regulations, which limit the extent of physician/hospital joint ventures, will make those arrangements even less common when a new version of the law takes effect on October 1, 2009.

Note: This release is the first in a three-part series on how hospitals are exploring financing alternatives and/or leveraging current assets to maintain a competitive edge. For the complete series, visit Elekta.com.

About Elekta

Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated state of the art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy and radiosurgery, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care. Elekta employs around 2,500 employees globally. The corporate headquarter is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on the Nordic Excha
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