Reduce Your Printing Costs
Arguably one of the biggest expenses in a healthcare business is contributed to the toner and paper costs.
Although a lot of clinics are now moving to a “paperless” practice, printing is still a requirement for prescriptions, reports and referrals.
On average, a medical centre prints 900 pages per month per provider and close to 1600 pages per month per reception desk.
The average printing costs per page is around the $0.04 per page which is roughly $432 per year per provider. This does not consider the costs of the drums, repairs, paper and ongoing troubleshooting.
Working with our printing partners we have come up with a few effective steps which will reduce your printing costs and increase the lifecycle of your printers.
Standardise The Printers
The most effective way to reduce your printing costs is to ensure that all the printers in the clinic are of the same brand and model. This means that you can acquire the toner at a cheaper rate (buy in bulk) and service and support the printers at a lower cost.
Use Original Toner
Although it is tempting to acquire the cheaper toner from the web, it is important to know that the original toner can guarantee more prints which equates to a lower cost per page and more importantly, using the original toner will not effect your printer.
After market toners are made with low quality products which will damage the drums, censors and other parts of your printer. Ultimately by saving a few dollars per month on toner you are reducing the lifecycle of your printers.
Acquire High Quality Printers
You get what you pay for right? Make the initial investment a good one and you will give yourself a high 5 for years to come.
What you need to look for is a printer with a long product life for the toner, drums and other parts. Most personal printers cost less than the toner and that is because they are manufactured to be replaced within a short amount of time.
In terms of high quality printers, they will last for years and if you were to look at your investment across a 3 year span then you will see that high quality printers and toner will cost less over that period.
Consider A Print Management Solution
This is new on the market and it is where you don’t pay for the printer or setup but rather pay a monthly fee against the usage.
For example, you want a top tier printer which comes at a cost of $600 and you calculate that you will need $600 worth of toner in the first year.
Over a 3 year period you will spend $2400 on the printer and toner. This excludes any repairs or maintenance.
A print management solution will give you the printer and all the toner you need and base it on a cost per page. Usually 1 or 2 cents per page. The solution also covers any repairs and replacement to the printer.
This means that at the end of 3 years you would’ve paid less and ensured that you didn’t need to replace the hardware.
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