Many people with chronic illnesses decide to buy home medical equipment to allow them to take control of their treatment from the comfort of their own home, and to improve their quality of life. Recent advances in medical technology have meant that this equipment is now smaller, cheaper to buy and more user friendly than ever before. You can buy home medical equipment online or in a local medical supplies centre that specialises in home equipment.
Before you buy any medical equipment, (either online or from a showroom), you should always seek the advice of your medical practitioner. Get them to confirm exactly what you need to buy and which functions the product should have. Some equipment will actually requires you to have a medical prescription in order for you to be able to buy it, in a similar way to how will need a prescription to get hold of certain medicinal drugs. It may also be worthwhile contacting your insurance provider to make sure that they will provide remuneration for the cost of the machine. They will usually only refund customers who have bought equipment based on the advice of a registered physician, so this will provide you with an extra onus to check with your practitioner. Your doctor should even be able to provide you with good advice on where to purchase equipment from or give you the name of a few reputable suppliers.
If you are a regular internet user, you may consider joining a forum for people who have the same medical conditions as you, so you can discuss your ideas and experiences with other people who are in the same position. They may be able to help you pick the best equipment, from the most reputable supplier and to avoid any sub-par equipment.
There are a large number of equipment suppliers online and you may be able to find lower priced items on the internet, however, you should choose your supplier carefully and do not make any judgements based entirely on price. Make sure that your chosen supplier has a good “after sales” package, which includes full installation, a tutorial on the use and maintenance of the machine, and periodic services. It is especially important to consider what services the supplier offers in the event of a problem with the equipment, because this equipment may be a lifeline for the user, and problems could cause potential health risks. There are specialist suppliers of orthopaedic equipment, palliative solutions and equipment for use by the elderly as well as many others types of specialist, so try to choose an appropriate supplier. You may even be able to buy some equipment second-hand.
Whilst some suppliers of home equipment stock just the equipment itself, some suppliers will also have a full range of medical supplies, such as syringes, latex gloves and medicines. If you are planning on paying for your equipment with your medical insurance, be very careful, because some insurance cover providers do not classify expendable medical items such as these as home medical equipment, and they may not be covered under the terms of your policy at all.