Historically, the initial purchase cost of a rigid endoscope was regarded as the most significant cost associated with the device. MRG has discovered, however, that the greatest costs associated with rigid endoscope ownership are actually attributable to scope backup, repair, refurbishment, sterilization, and OR downtime. These results are similar across all major rigid endoscope types, including laparoscopes, arthroscopes, urological rigid scopes, ENT rigid scopes, rigid bronchoscopes, and rigid hysteroscopes.
"On average, these costs contribute an additional 650 percent to the reusable rigid endoscope purchase cost over the lifespan of the device," says Barbara Prudhomme, senior analyst at MRG. "Facilities may therefore find it less expensive to purchase disposable endoscopes."
Source: Millennium Research Group