December 27, 2011

Stop Medicare Waste: Terry Wascher

“It was so nice to have a conversation with someone over my frustrations with Medicare over their coverage of scooters. I once received a mobility assessment from a non-Amigo mobility 'specialist' who informed me that no scooter would meet my needs. After 24 years of living with limited mobility, I think I know my needs better than anyone else. 

The dealer informed me that I must purchase a 500 pound wheelchair to suit my needs. I do not want a 500 pound wheelchair that my husband, daughters and friends cannot lift or handle. At this point I had used a scooter for over 20 years and wanted a scooter with a power seat lift and cushioned seat. The 'specialist' informed me that Medicare only pays $1,000 for a basic scooter, but Medicare would happily pay $8000-$10,000 for an upgraded power wheelchair. What is wrong with this picture?

Doesn't Medicare want me to continue to be a part of the outside world? In the power wheelchair, I would be confined completely to my home. The day after the 'specialist' came to my home, my doctor called and said he had written me a prescription for a power wheelchair. I'm sorry, my legs may not work but my mind does. I don’t want to be told what will work for me in my home. 

If there is anything I could say or do to help with changing how things are paid for by Medicare I would be first in line. This seems ludicrous that Medicare will pay $8,000-$10,000 without a flinch but not $2,000 for a custom Amigo scooter. Something needs to be done with Medicare so we who are confined to power devices can make our own decisions.”

Terry Wascher
Sun City West, AZ
December 15, 2011

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