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SciDev.net explores the possibility of large companies loaning equipment as a method of supplying hospitals in developing countries. Under such a scheme, manufacturers would be responsible for keeping machines working and the hospitals would be responsible for purchasing reagents from the company.
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Is this something that would work? What are some of the positives and negatives to this sort of scheme?
I wonder how this scheme would respond to advances in technologies? It's a great idea in principle but how many reagents would the hospital have to purchase and how long would these loan contacts be? Would long term loan contracts hinder further innovation in technology or inhibit access to it in some of the regions where it is most needed?