All medical facilities have a need for medical supplies and equipment. Many doctors also prescribe their patients some sort of medical equipment at some point in their care. The medical equipment for both the facilities and the patients come from medical equipment suppliers who then deliver and set up the equipment or supplies for use. There is a process that you must go through in order to receive your medical supplies.
- Get a prescription from the primary care doctor or specialist. Many medical supply companies must have a prescription on file before they will fill an order. The prescription is also needed to bill the insurance. A doctor will choose supplies that will serve you the best, as well as make sure you get the correct medical equipment.
- Take the prescription to the medical equipment supplier. They will take it and order the equipment or supplies that you need. If any of the equipment needs to be specially sized or requires measurements, the medical supplier should be able to take the measurements to special order it.
- Pay For the order. Most medical suppliers will bill the insurance company, but some will not. If they do not file insurance claims, you will have to pay cash and file a claim on your own. Also many insurance providers require copay depending on the supplies or equipment ordered and the medical need.
- Pick up or have the equipment delivered. The equipment will then be ordered or given to you if it is in stock. Large or special made items may require a period of waiting if they are not in stock. The items would then be delivered either to you or to the store. Expect to have to drive by and pick up small equipment. The larger equipment can be delivered if offered by the supplier.