Government Medicare Spends $800 to Rent Wheelchairs that Retail for $350!

Source: Medicare admits overpaying for common items like wheelchairs
November 27, 2010|By Sally Kestin, Sun Sentinel

WHAT: Medicare pays $800 to rent a wheelchair that retails for $350

COST: Medicare spent $188 million on manual wheelchairs in 2009; officials can’t say how much of that involved overpayments

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: Congress

It’s no secret the federal government is not always frugal with our money — remember the military’s $640 toilet seats and $436 hammers? Now comes Medicare paying more than double the retail cost for wheelchairs.

Alan Siegel of Fort Lauderdale discovered the overspending recently when he needed to replace a wheelchair for his wife. He wanted to buy one since she suffers from a form of muscular dystrophy and requires permanent use of a wheelchair.

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