Joe Schwartz Spa World Discusses Why Walk In Tubs Aren’t Covered by Medicare
Industry: Home & Residential
Because they can be used by anyone – unlike hospital beds, wheelchairs, catheters, blood glucose monitors or nebulizers – walk in-style bathtubs do not fall under the category of “durable medical equipment.”
Miami, FL (PRUnderground) November 6th, 2019
Joe Schwartz Spa World, leading Miami-based manufacturer of bath products including Joe Schwartz walkin tubs, recently explained to customers and others why walk in tubs are not covered by Medicare, a popular topic amongst what Spa World representatives call an older demographic focused on keeping health costs down. Because they can be used by anyone – unlike hospital beds, wheelchairs, catheters, blood glucose monitors or nebulizers – walk in-style bathtubs do not fall under the category of “durable medical equipment,” according to Schwartz and other Spa World reps, though Medicare does occasionally reimburse a portion of the purchase price.
“Walk in bathtubs are usually purchased because a senior in the home requires assistance with mobility issues, and this is why we always tell customers to try and secure a partial reimbursement for the cost of their walk in tub,” explains Schwartz. “But it’s important for people to go about their purchase in the right way; first, before a bathtub is bought, a doctor’s prescription should be obtained. Without it, there is little to no chance of a Medicare reimbursement.
“Secondly, it is important that folks make sure they can afford the purchase – because there is a chance that they will not receive payment assistance from Medicare, they should be prepared to absorb the entire cost of their walk in tub.”
Finally, Schwartz explains, walk in tub shoppers should check the Better Business Bureau rating of each contractor they’re considering to do the alterations to their home for the install, and, to be on the safe side, plan to add another $1000 to the budget.