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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I doubt if there is very much fraud by people actually using these sccoters as many here want to assume. Who wants to clear scooter paths in their home and yard, and have a vehicle equipped to handle a scooter, and then go around streets and parking lots and into stores on a scooter?

I think most folks would rather be able to walk around normally under their own strength.

The fraud estimates for Medicare and Medicaid are both around $100 billion per year now, and that includes a hell of a lot more than scooters. Every aspect of those programs has been, is being defrauded, and the most guilty are those billing for services not needed or even rendered, and for some who are creating fraudulent paperwork to obtain scooters and a vast array of other medical products that won't really be used as stated on paperwork.

Sure, The Scooter Store tries to create a demand for their product through ads (ever seen any ads for drugs, people?), but I doubt many people who don't need them are applying for them just so they can ride around on one. I think most would prefer to walk normally.

35 posted on 03/09/2013 4:51:37 PM PST by Will88
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To: Will88
I think most folks would rather be able to walk around normally under their own strength.

I've seen apartments for disabled and elderly where persons use them to go about doing for themselves even as far as going six blocks to the grocery store. For someone with MS, MD, or other neurological disorders it means being able to maintain some form of independence and independent living in many cases. The draw back? I'd say they are likely a pain to take with you anywhere. For my wifes wheelchair it weighs 300 pounds so we have to use a high top conversion van with a hydraulic wheelchair lift.

I'm at the point myself in places like. Wally World I'll hop on a store scooter. Arthritis and bad {distorted bones} feet would have me limping pretty darn fast. Would I ask Medicare/Medicaid for one? Heck no I'm no where near that point yet. Ten years from now I may reach that point. About 5 years ago we went to a Theme Park. I just about didn't make it out of the place. MY legs and hips kept going out. Next time I go if we ever go again I'll be sure to rent a scooter at the gate and be glad to do it.

52 posted on 03/09/2013 5:16:40 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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