Medical Equipment At Home
As a general matter, your doctor or other health professional will recommend the type of equipment to get for home use. Before agreeing:
- Check that your home and you are a good fit with the equipment.
- If your insurance does not cover, look for the least expensive option. While renting may seem to be the cheapest, that may not be the case if you will need the equipment for a long term.
- Used equipment is available. If needed, free equipment may also be available.
- The easiest way to get medical equipment for the home is through a home care agency.
- If you have health insurance: The agency can help get the necessary equipment paid for by your insurer. Personnel at the agency know how to talk insurance company language and are likely prepared for any arguments the insurer may make.
- If you don't have health insurance: The home health care agency may be able to suggest a supplier it works with often rather than the best price for you. Consider asking the agency to suggest equipment and pricing, and do some research on your own. Then compare what you learn.
- If you rent equipment through an agency Make sure you can continue to rent the equipment even if you terminate the services of the health care agency.
- For information about how to choose a home health care agency, click here.
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