Getting the right balance of priorites is the key here, your needs will depend
on what stage of the hospital construction you are on.
Early in the level
It is more important to build up the number of cure and diagnosis rooms
that you have. You should not research these rooms so quickly that you
don't have the money to build them.
Although cure rooms are useful as they have higher charges, not
having enough diagnosis rooms prevents you from sending a patient to be
cured. It is suggested that you install a new diagnosis room before a new
cure room, however there is a strategy
that helps you bypass this and concentrate on cure rooms first.
Higher levels have pharmacy cures with less than 100% effectiveness.
By channelling effort into drug research you can improve some of these
cures while you have only a few illnesses discovered.
Once you have most or all of the cure rooms you should reduce research
priority in this area and concentrate more on getting your drugs up to
100% efficiency. By this stage you should have quite a few illnesses on
your casebook that require potions from the pharmacy, so a concentrated
research effort is required.
You can also bump up the improvements category a little as you will
find that some machines require frequent replacement (the Jelly Vat in
particular). Your hospital becomes more effective in the long term as hardware
Long term interests
Once your drug research has maxed out your drug efficiency, there is only
one thing left to concentrate on: Improvements. When the strength of the
machine has been maximized this category will start reducing the replacement
cost. This feeds back into the cost to build a new room as well, but by
this stage you are usually raking it in anyway...right?
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