The Predicted Future of Medical Devices in New Zealand
In New Zealand, the manager of device funding of Pharmac explained the agency’s procurement process for medical devices a few months ago. The manager said that medical device vendors will be offered “80/20” contracts. The contracts indicate that 80 percent of a medical device item will be procured from Pharmac-funded vendors by DHBs, while only 20 percent is allocated for sources of the DHBs’ choosing. This move has led to an expert predicting the reduction of medical device choices for general physicians.
You may be a general physician yourself, or perhaps a specialised hospital clinician in gastroenterology, for example. A reduction of choice for medical devices may mean a shortage of supplies for you if the supplier of your choice exits the market. You can look for alternative suppliers now should your choice supplier actually leave.
For example, gastroenterology medical devices you need are gastroscopes. Gastroscopes are for the examination and surgical treatment of the stomach. You usually pass the gastroscope into the stomach through the mouth.
A sigmoidoscope is another important instrument with two types which are used for visualising the colon basically. The rigid type helps in the diagnosis of bleeding per rectum due to colorectal carcinoma or other conditions. The flexible type, on the other hand, can be used for the diagnosis of abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and constipation. You can get a disposable sigmoidoscope too.
Other instruments for gastroenterology are duodenoscopes, for the duodenum, a colonoscopy, for tissue samples and colonoscopies, and an enteroscopy, for viewing the small and large intestines. You may also need band ligators for the procedure variceal band ligation. You can also use balloon dilators, ultrasound endoscopes, endoscopic snares, and heater probes.
You can also find alternatives for medical devices you use if you specialise in a different branch of medicine. For now, there have been no exits by medical devices vendors which may yet prove the prediction wrong. Being prepared for a possible exit is good, however, should it actually happen.