If you have a medical condition that requires you to purchase medical supplies on a regular basis, you probably know that it can get to be quite costly. In fact, you may be wondering if you can save money somehow. You may even be considering buying used medical supplies. Is this ever a good idea?
The answer is yes and no, and it really depends on the products you are buying. For example, if you are buying something such as a wheelchair or machine like a heart rate monitor, used can be a great way to go. You just need to make sure the item is in working condition and is cleaned and sanitized before you or a loved one begins using the item.
For medical supplies that you may purchase on a regular basis, such as disposable items, according to health news, you absolutely do not want to purchase these types of items used. Items such as rubber gloves, syringes, incontinence pads or other disposable items should be thrown away properly immediately after the recommended number of uses. For most of these types of items, they should only be used once before being replaced. The only way you should ever buy used items is if they are brand new and have never been used. Don’t take someone’s word; make sure they are still in the sealed original packaging.
Unfortunately, these are usually the kinds of items you must buy on a regular basis, and therefore are probably the things that you want to save money on. So what do you do?
Well, you do have options, and the best one is to look at online companies that sell medical supplies. Because they don’t have the same high overhead of a retail store, they are likely to be able to offer the same products for less. If you can buy in bulk, you can often save even more. Keep in mind that while buying in bulk will save you money in the long run, you will have to front the cost for the whole lot upfront, so if you don’t have that kind of money, it may not be an ideal option. In addition, depending on how much you buy and what types of items, you’ll have to have plenty of storage space available to store these items until you need them.
You can save money on medical supplies if you know where to look.