Nearly three-quarters of healthcare companies recently surveyed say they’re considering leasing instead of owning commercial real estate, lured by the promise of more flexibility as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on decision making.

Nearly one in five respondents surveyed by Ryan Companies also said they are putting COVID-19 relief funds toward remodeling or renovating amid historic staffing shortages. Only 5% said they could consider building new inpatient facilities. And of the 70% that would consider leasing over owning, 40% said that decision was “somewhat likely,” 17% said it was “likely” and 13% said it was “very likely.”

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