Great Resources for Frugal and Free Medical Supplies

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With tough economic times and less coverage from insurance companies, people are really struggling. People have to turn away from the very care that they require because they can’t afford it. A sad sign of the times indeed that people aren’t obtaining what they really need for their health due to high costs and insufficient insurance coverage. This is particularly true for the elderly, but has grown into a major problem with so many unemployed, uninsured, or even underinsured. So what can a person do to get the medical supplies that they really need? What you may not realize is that there are helpful resources out there, particularly if you have a medical condition. Whether you have sufficient insurance or not, you can find help through these resources to get the medical supplies that you really need. So before you give up hope, check into these resources for some much needed help.

Liberty Medical
You’ve probably seen the commercials on television, and this can represent some rather significant help to you. Though it is targeted more at the elderly, particularly those with Medicare or supplemental insurance, you can find help in many cases. Particularly if you have a health condition such as diabetes, you may very well find that either your supplies are free or at the very least are very inexpensive. This is a great resource well checking into so that you can get the supplies you need without breaking the bank to do so.

LifeScript Advantage

Though you may also find a whole slew of other free products, you may gain access to some excellent medical supplies in the process. This website works by offering trials of certain products, many of which are centered around your health. Though you may have to wait a bit to get to the products you really want or work through other offers in the meantime, this can be a good resource in the long run.

Access2Wellness

Though you may have to meet certain criteria, you can find access to a variety of prescription drugs through this site. You may find additional medical supplies, but that request may have to come from your doctor directly. This is a resource worth looking into if you require prescription drugs but simply can’t afford it.

Ask Your Doctor or Pharmacy
Believe it or not, your doctor or pharmacy may be your best resource for free medical supplies. In tough economic times, you may be able to obtain samples from your doctor or get direction in where to go for the help that you need. Additionally you may ask at your pharmacy to determine if they offer any medical supplies to low income or special need situations.

You never know until you inquire, so if you require medical supplies but just can’t afford it then these are the best resources to check into. Sometimes it’s just a matter of knowing where to go to get the help that you need. You should never have to be without the medical supplies that you require.   

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1 Wenchypoo January 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Liberty medical and all the other "deliver-to-your-door" medical supply companies bill Medicare and/or your insurance…at 5 times the rate of what it would cost if you got your own supplies at Sam's Club.

My F-I-L did this, and I got a look at one of his invoices. For $13.00, I got a box of 100 diabetic needles from Sam's, but it cost him that much for 10. Insulin is another story–he paid $60/bottle for it, and I got it for $25/bottle.

Nothing's free–it's all built into the price of everything else, including shipping.

You know those electric wheelchairs that you get free if Medicare turns you down? They're not free, either–each chair is 2 1/2 times what it costs of you paid cash, and it's all billed to Medicare–this means YOU and I (as taxpayers) are paying for the overcharge with each and every chair ordered!

YOU and I are also covering the overcharge that comes with each and every home delivery of medical supplies.

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2 LittlePeopleWealth January 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Honestly I do not know much about medicare, but if they are like insurance companies the bill isn't what they actually pay 🙂 They have deals worked out that gets them a discount for the amount of business they send.

Hopefully they will fix the problem of overcharge.

Is your FIL able to get his supplies elsewhere or is he homebound?

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