Medical supplies and equipment that you need for yourself or your loved ones is getting expensive, and your insurance may not cover all of it. There are a few ways you may be able to save money on some of these supplies. The following are three ideas to help you.
Buy used supplies
Naturally, you will not be able to purchase supplies that are literally used, but there are often supplies that can be purchased as like new. These are extra, unused supplies that others no longer need. An example of this is glucose testing strips for measuring your blood sugar. These are available through third parties, and can mean substantial savings to you. However, you need to make sure that they are not beyond their expiration date. Of course, when you purchase in this manner, your insurance will not provide you with any type of partial reimbursement, but if you are paying in full, then it won't effect who you purchase from. The best place to begin your search for theses types of medical supplies is through local classified listings.
Buy used or rent home medical equipment
Even with a good insurance policy, you may discover that it has limited or no coverage for medical equipment that you need at home. Obviously, any equipment that you can purchase used will save you money, but along with any used equipment found in medical supply stores, you should not neglect equipment sold by private parties. Equally important is the availability of rental equipment. Often, more expensive devices can be leased from medical supply companies. Depending upon how long you will need the equipment, it may make better financial sense to simply rent the item.
Buying online can save money as well
This is not always true and will depend upon what you need in the way of medical supplies and equipment, but the savings may be worth looking into, even for items that you have a prescription for. Online medical supply companies and pharmacies do not have the overhead that local pharmacies have, so their prices may be less on the items you need. Prescriptions can be filled online as well. In addition, there may be more models available for the equipment you need, and this may mean a low-end model that can save you money.
If for any reason, you find yourself with out-of-pocket expenses for home medical supplies and equipment, you will find the three ideas above helpful. Just remember, there is a market for for medical supplies and equipment, but you need to do some work to find the best prices available. Companies like Medi-Rents & Sales Inc can provide more information.