Affordable Out-of-Pocket Medical Supplies Recommendations?

May 13, 2024 11:23 pm

Any recommendations for cheaper places for buying supplies out of pocket?

Insurance only covers bags/wafers, but I need powder, Eakin seals, etc. Tried ordering from Amazon; quality was terrible.

I am in the US.


May 14, 2024 12:16 am

Maybe it's just me, but there's something morally wrong with the fact that in this country people in need of quality of life medical supplies, including pharmaceuticals and not just ostomates, have to do without because of the outrageous cost associated with them. We have to do better!

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May 14, 2024 4:15 am
Reply to Happytostillbehere

Not enough politicians have ostomies over there. When they do, your dilemma will change. I agree the medical system in the US is dreadful.

May 14, 2024 8:10 am

If it was less about money and more about healthcare, nobody would have issues getting their stuff. But, it's all about money so... 🤷‍♂️

May 14, 2024 11:45 am

Have you tried eBay? I buy all my supplies there. I normally pay about 1/3 of retail. The key to eBay is to buy before you run out.

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May 14, 2024 12:17 pm

Good morning, sometimes people will take some of their supplies to the medical supplier. For example, I get my supplies from Binsons, and one day I needed powder when I was there because my insurance pays for an extra amount of powder. I get four bottles a year. It's really dumb, but sometimes people take their extra stuff that they don't need anymore, that they haven't opened or used, to the medical supply and they donate it to somebody who needs it. They have a basket with donated stuff in it, and they had the powder and they said, "Here, someone donated their excess powder. You can have these." So maybe if you go to your local medical supplier or something, maybe they have a bin of donated things that you might be able to use. Try checking that out too.

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May 14, 2024 4:54 pm
Reply to mild_mannered_super_hero

I haven't actually. It never occurred to me they would have supplies! Thanks for the idea.

May 17, 2024 8:31 am

Best Buy has good out-of-pocket prices: