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Will Medicare Pay for the Durable Medical Equipment My Dad Needs?

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Anyone who has Medicare Part B can get durable medical equipment as long as the equipment is prescribed by a doctor as medically necessary.

Durable medical equipment is reusable medical equipment, such as walkers, wheelchairs, or hospital beds.

A hospital or nursing home that is providing you with Medicare-covered care can’t qualify as your “home” in this situation.

However, a long-term care facility can qualify as your home.

For more information about Medicare-covered Equipment and Supplies, call 1-800-MEDICARE.

TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.

For more Medicare FAQs please visit:

 

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2 thoughts on “Will Medicare Pay for the Durable Medical Equipment My Dad Needs?

  1. To say that Medicare “pays” for DME is a stretch. They have cut their allowables by %50 since January 2016. If a provider accepts assignment on a piece of equipment, the beneficiary has little or no out of pocket expense, but also has zero choice and gets stuck with Chinese junk that will fall apart very quickly. If a provider does not accept assignment (if you can even find one), the beneficiary can have more choice and can have much better quality, but often ends up paying more out of pocket for the equipment than Medicare does. In other words, if you want choices and quality, Medicare will only “chip in” to help pay for it. If you can’t afford that you are stuck with garbage. On top of all this, the red tape providers and doctors have to deal with to qualify someone for the equipment is unbelievably ridiculous. It often takes weeks, or even months to qualify someone for the most basic equipment. Between the absurd red tape and slashed allowables, the Medicare DME benefit really isn’t worth anything to beneficiaries. It’s a benefit in name only.

  2. With over 50% off allowable since the first of the year Medicare IS NOT paying for the same quality products or services it did last years in my area. Premium products are giving way to cheap less durable products made in China. Equipment Medicare says should last 5 yrs falls apart after the first year as soon as the warranty expires. Made in America huh! No Durable Medical Equipment is made in America thanks to Medicare.

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