Medicare Good to Wheelchair Suppliers.

A report out from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in August says that Medicare paid four times the average amount paid by suppliers for standard power wheelchairs in the first half of 2007, and twice the amount paid for complex rehabilitation wheelchairs. The report also states that Medicare spending on power wheelchairs rose 350% between 1999 and 2003.

To me, this is a great example of why a public health plan is going to wind up being way too expensive. The reason that the current government programs appear to operate with such low administrative costs is that they do not manage.

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  1. I agree and disagree. The costs are not the problem. the problem are providers which take advantage of the reimbursements and are not full filling the services they are supposed to serve. here is an article that lowering the prices or cancellation of reimbursements of PWC might end up with even higher costs

    http://mobilitymgmt.com/articles/2009/09/01/calif-competitive-bid-halted.aspx

    WheelchairForMe is addressing those issues with a free matching services based on customer evaluations. Please help to spread the word so we can grow our service.
    Lauren

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