It is a shame that they charge so much to buy supplies bundled. We went to dr that charged like $80 per day! You can get then much cheaper ala carte. Unfortunately takes more work...
What do you need for one day's treament? How often are you getting the dressing changed?
We found saline and heparine available at through a pharmacy. (not a chain) I had to call around to find it.
Seems like the heparine was not much more than a dollar a day and saline cheaper. It is salt and water. Hello.
You might need a prescription for the heperine, but not saline.
Walmart has alcohol wipes. Medical supply outfits usually provide "packages" through insurance, but we found a couple that would sell us supplies and the IV abx.(some abx cost less than $100 per dose) These companies had not sold directly to consumers previously, but were willing to do it.
When our insurance quit paying for the nurse visits, we cut a deal with the nurse to come privately. I think we paid $50 for her to change dressings for two of us each visit. I think we could have found someone to do it cheaper, but we were too tired to pursue.
Hope this helps.
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I am on medicare/BCBS and had in-home care. Like others have said, I ended up with about a $1500 bill at the end. I now have my doctor write the order for a local hospital infusion department and even though I have to drive down to the hospital every day for the length of the infusion therapy, ALL is covered. I don't know if my BCBS picks up part of the secondary insurance or that all is paid for by Medicare. You may want to check this out
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