What is Durable Medical Equipment?

by Doug Benson on July 10, 2011. Updated December 8, 2012

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Medicare covers things like wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen equipment, hospital beds etc. that are ordered by a doctor or other health provider to be used at home. Some of these items are rented and some are purchased. You must get these items from Medicare approved providers.

Unlike other services under Part-B, Durable Medical Equipment does not have the 15% excess charge limit. Providers can charge any amount for these items, so it is important that you make sure you know what Medicare and your second insurer will pay towards any item you need. To do this, just call the member services number on the back of your Medicare Supplement or Medicare Advantage card.

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