Two Point Hospital was a slow burn. For awhile, I wondered if there would be any wisdom to gain from it at all. I'm glad I stuck it out, because this level alone has opened my eyes in many ways.
The Secret Solution
Honestly, I hadn't been altering prices much before this level. There just wasn't any reason to; those hospitals prospered easily.
So when my partner told me to raise prices to lower my reputation (to have fewer people coming in), it came as a shock. Fewer people coming in may not sound like a good strategy, but it was really the only way out.
See, the problem was that I couldn't train my staff well enough to diagnose the patients. A person coming in would get transferred from one GP to the next, then to general diagnostics and to the ward (and to cardo when I built that too). New people coming in meant those that had been there longer then had to get behind them in the queue (which is a funny word, btw).
In real life, there's plenty of situations where quality is preferable over quantity. Friends are a big example. Toxic people are like the newcomers in the hospital. They just drain your energy and resources, keeping you from giving attention to those in your life that would actually benefit.
Or in marketing, that whole niche thing. Instead of trying to be popular with everyone, find a select group of people and cut everyone else out. And when I say cut them out, I mean actively push them away; because you can't help them. They're not who you're working for, and they'll take more effort to "cure" while keeping you from helping those that take less effort for you and are ready for your help.
It sounds heartless, but the people I turned away likely just went to a competitor hospital (you know, in their game world where things aren't just 1's and 0's). Everything worked out ok on average, because they got the help they needed elsewhere and the patients I could help finally got tended to. And the hospital makes money again.
And one day, I'll have enough trained staff to not need to turn anyone away.
What are your thoughts? Is it right or wrong, or a neutral part of life to you? Leave a comment and share your experiences!
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