5 Ways to Save Money on Medical Supplies

5 Ways to Save Money on Medical Supplies by North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom


Medical supplies and equipment can put a major hole in your bank account. Most of us moms are already on a tight budget, so something like an injury or a serious illness can really put us in the red. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel: You can get the supplies or equipment you need without having to pay full price.

Here’s how:

1. Consider Used Equipment

Depending on the type of supplies you need, you may be able to purchase used items at a fraction of the cost of new equipment.

From wheelchairs to scooters, bed rails and lift chairs, you can find used medical equipment on sites like:

You can also talk to friends, family members and neighbors to find out if anyone has the equipment you need. At the very least, your friends and loved ones may know someone else who has the items you need.

If you do decide to purchase used equipment, be safe and cautious about it. Make sure that you see the equipment in person first. Do not make any upfront payments or put down a deposit before seeing the items.

2. Shop Online

Online retailers typically offer better prices than medical supply stores. For things like walking aids and wheelchairs, online stores also have bigger selections.

The nice thing about buying online is that many companies offer free samples of medical supplies or free catheters, which adds value to your purchase. Many companies also have buying guides that help you find the right item for your needs.

3. Talk to Your Doctor

When it comes to saving money, the doctor’s office is probably the last place on your list. But doctors can often help their patients get great deals on the supplies they need.

Medical suppliers often offer discounts to medical professionals. Your doctor may agree to have your equipment shipped to his or her office so that you can get the cheaper price. Not all doctors will agree, but it’s worth asking.

4. Go Through Medicare or Medicaid

Both Medicaid and Medicare offer coverage for necessary medical supplies. If you’re not a part of either program, consider applying.

Both have certain eligibility requirements:

If you cannot get complete coverage of medical supplies through Medicare or Medicaid, you can likely get a discount on the items you need.

5. Search for State Assistance Programs

Most states have their own assistance programs that can help you pay for medical supplies. You may need to do some research to find local programs, r get in touch with a local organization that offers assistance in this department. There’s help out there – you just need to know where to look and who to contact.

Also, check with your local community. Churches often give away used medical equipment, and there may be programs that can help you pay for the items you need.

Use these tips to help your family get the medical supplies it needs without having to spend a small fortune.

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One Comment

  1. I never knew that there are state assistance programs that provide financial programs to those who are looking to purchase medical supplies. My husband and I live in a rather remote location and we find it important to stock on necessary supplies just in case we do not have the time to get to the nearest medical facility. I’d be sure to do my research thoroughly and I hope that I can find an organization that will understand our predicament. Thanks for the good read!

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