The Impact of Mobile Health Vans: Part Two

Mobile Health Vans

In our last update in this series, we explored the benefits that the US healthcare system has realized by implementing Mobile Health vans. To recap, the US data supporting the use of Mobile Medical vans stated:

  • 6.5 million annual visits
  • Return on investment: $12.00 for every $1.00 spent
  • Each Mobile Medical van saves 65 quality-adjusted life years, each year it is in operation
  • Each Mobile Health vehicle visit saves an average of $1,600.00 for the healthcare system by prevention
  • Estimated that every Mobile Medical van prevents 600 emergency room visits annually
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Financial Requirements for Mobile Health Vans

With such impressive statistics, it is surprising the Mobile Health clinics are not more prevalent in Canada. Our market research highlighted three financial reasons for this:

  • Large vehicles with large price tags: In the US, the average price for a Mobile Healthcare unit is $310,000.00 USD. The majority are built using large truck chassis, tractors with removable trailers, buses, or coaches. Due to the size of these vehicles, the ongoing operating costs are approximately 31% more than a full size van. This often means that even if a return on investment can be achieved based on the price of the vehicle along, the ongoing operating costs tend to make this healthcare model too cost-prohibitive for the Canadian not-for-profit model.
  • Specialized vehicles require a specialized driver license: The larger specialty Mobile Medical vans require a specialized drivers license. For many health service providers, this means hiring a driver so the Mobile Health van can be operated.  Most physicians, nurses, and personal support workers, have regular class drivers licenses (Class 5 or Class G).
  • Lack of available funding: Until very recently, there has not been a formal funding program in place for Mobile Medical vans. We were recently made aware of available Mobile Medical van funding through the Government of Canada’s Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program.
Making Mobile Medical Vans Affordable

Armed with this research, MoveMobility developed the Mobile Health van using a more economical chassis that can be operated with a regular class driver license. It’s also one that comes with significantly lower operating costs.

Contact us to request information and pricing on the MoveMobility Mobile Medical Van to see if it may be a fit for your community.

The introduction of cost-effective Mobile Medical vehicle options coupled with the COVID-19 Pandemic proved that healthcare services can be successfully accessed outside of a clinic setting. Mobile Health vehicles are not yet widely used in Canada for financial reasons, however our newly-developed model takes care of these financial limitations. We ensured that the Mobile Medical van would be able to accommodate a variety of practical clinical applications with a smaller footprint.  In our next post, we will explore the possible applications for these more compact Mobile Health units.

HELPFUL LINKS

Government of Canada’s Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program

MoveMobility Mobile Medical Van