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Durable Medical Equipment: Great Tools for You

You’ve likely heard of them or may even have them in your home but what exactly are they? Prescribed by your doctor, these tools can be life-changing and life-saving. If covered by your insurance, this equipment will let you live your life to the fullest in your own home or can prevent injuries that would require dedicated care from a caregiver. However, there are specific criteria for officially calling many of these appliances and gadgets ‘DMEs’. 

A DME must adhere to these standards to be covered by insurance. 

Durable (can withstand repeated use)

  • Durable (can withstand repeated use) 
  • Used for a medical reason
  • Not usually useful to someone who isn’t sick or injured
  • Used in your home
  • Generally has an expected lifetime of at least 3 years

While pretty easy to understand, the rules above simply ensure that the tools you use have decent longevity, are medically required, and are to be used by you, the patient. This is in order to keep costs down and manageable as well as preventing misuse. 

If a doctor recommends one of these devices to you, it’s good to seriously consider the many additional benefits it will bring to your life. Several of the products may seem like a hindrance but are often temporary and are simply available to recover from an injury or illness that would otherwise put you at risk for lasting damage. 

What kind of devices can be considered DMEs? The following are just a few of the many that qualify. 

With DMEs, there are so many opportunities to make both big and small improvements in your life. If you’re already using any of the above (or another medical device) reach out to your insurance and your doctor to see if it could be covered. Make sure to check at your next medical appointment to find out if you’d benefit from these tools. If you have the right to live life to the fullest and these devices will help you do so!

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