Health resources are finite. Therefore, it is incumbent on all health organizations to exercise responsible fiscal decision making when allocating their financial resources.
As the senior cost analyst for a local, nonprofit hospital, you are charged with determining the most appropriate use of financial resources and making recommendations. Your organization is seeking to secure a new CT Scan unit for the expanded emergency department. The hospital has the option of leasing the equipment or purchasing the equipment.
The cost to purchase the CT scan is $1,300,000 at 10% (PV), with straight line depreciation over 5 years. The trade-in value $130,000 at the end of its useful life. The maintenance expense equals $12,000 annually.
The cost to lease the equipment is $26,000 per month for a period of 60 months, which includes all maintenance costs. The tables below provide the financial overview of the purchase and lease costs.
In a written case analysis, use the figures provided in the tables to discuss the following:
-Clear and thorough discussion comparing and contrasting leasing versus purchasing. Includes multiple examples to support assertions.
-Clear and thorough calculations of the figures relative to the principal payment, interest payment, maintenance expense, total expense, and PV expense.
-Clear and thorough explanation of the costs associated with leasing the equipment as depicted in the tables.
-Clear and thorough explanation of the costs associated with purchasing the equipment as depicted in the tables.
-Clear and thorough discussion on the potential tax implications of leasing the equipment.
-Clear and thorough discussion on the potential tax implications of purchasing the equipment.
-Comprehensive recommendations for a course of action and the implications that the recommendation may have for the organization.
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