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Rent or Lease the Medical Equipment You Need for Short Term-Use

by Valerie Stevens

Medical equipment is often expensive to buy, and if you are looking for a way to afford it, you could rent or lease the products you need. If you are looking at short-term use, the cost to purchase the medical equipment may be out of reach for many people. And if you need the equipment for eight weeks and then you are not going to use it again, there is no reason to buy it.

Equipment Available

Medical equipment describes a lot of things including beds, wheelchairs, crouches, walkers, and so much more. The list is so long that it would be impossible to include all of it. Many of the medical equipment businesses you visit have retail spaces that are full and can order things that are out of stock if you need them. The best way to get a sense of what is available is to visit the business and talk to them about what you need. They will tell you if they have it or can get it for you. 

Lease or Rent

The length of time you will need the equipment can dictate whether you rent it or lease it. If you need a wheelchair for a week, renting it makes sense. But if you need it for three months, a lease is a better option because you can often get a lower price and an exception for wear and tear when it is returned. If you were going to need the wheelchair for a much longer time frame, buying it outright might be the best option, but for people with no insurance and tight budgets, lease to own might be a good way to go. Talk to the dealer about what they offer before you make a final decision. 

Custom Wheelchairs and Other Equipment

For people who need medical equipment long-term or who need something custom made to best fit them or their needs, leasing might not be an option. Often equipment like wheelchairs have options added to them for the user to make them easier to use. Most medical equipment suppliers are happy to help with these changes, but they may not want to lease the equipment after it has been altered to fit one specific person. If you know you will be keeping the wheelchair, for instance, you may be able to get them to work with you on a lease-to-buy basis. The best way to find out is to sit down and talk to the salesperson about what the options are for you. 

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