You probably have seen the adds on television, knee, back pain? We’ve got you covered with a brace and it won’t coast you a penny and you don’t have to deal with Medicare.
Nancy DeLozier looked at the array of medical equipment on the floor of her living room and called it junk.
The 84-year-old Northwest Side woman said she received the items in the mail but neither wants nor needs them.
One shipment, from February 2017, included a back brace and knee braces. A second shipment, which arrived this May, held ankle and wrist braces and another designed to support the shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist. They were ordered by out-of-state doctors whom DeLozier had not heard of, communicated with or met.
Medicare, the taxpayer-funded federal health care program for seniors, paid more than $3,800 for the items, which would have sat unused in a shipping box if they hadn’t been discovered by her daughter Cathy Bell.
Anne Fredrickson, who advocates for Medicare recipients in Ohio, said telemarketers call seniors asking about their pain. And if they get an affirmative response, the devices are sent and billed to Medicare. Source: The Columbus Dispatch 6/19/18