Despite the fact that most Americans would like to spend their retirement years living in their own home, many are forced into hospitals, extended care facilities, nursing homes or retirement communities. Some of these are great, some less than desirable. The truth is that home medical equipment such as wheelchairs, ramps, bathroom aids, and stairlifts are all great ways to help people “age in place.” But Medicare is cutting this industry deeply.
The DME (durable medical equipment) industry is tiny compared to the hospital industry, doctor organizations and pharmaceutical companies. In fact, we represent less than 2% of the overall Medicare budget. As such, we have very little lobbying clout in Washington. So when it comes time for cutting, guess who gets the biggest whack?
We’re trying to mobilize legislators to see the sense of using some restraint and common sense when figuring out how to allocate Medicare dollars. Hospitals are great, but do you want to spend your golden years in and out of hospitals, or at home? Of course, it is not an either/or, but the point is clear. A night spent in your own bed is a LOT less expensive to the Medicare budget, than a night spent in the hospital.
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