First of all, what is refurbished medical equipment? It is equipment that has been previously owned and then purchased by an HME supplier. Their technicians have repaired it, replaced worn and damaged parts, tested it and ensured it meets all industry standards. This process also includes decontamination, refinishing, and recalibration. Refurbished equipment is very different from used equipment, as used equipment can be resold as-is without warranties.
Reason #1 – Confidence in condition: Refurbished equipment is virtually ‘good as new’ since it has been vigorously inspected and tested. Warranty packages may come with refurbished equipment as well. So, if something goes wrong, you can be covered under their warranty. Delivery and installation may also be provided.
Reason #2 – Cost savings: This is a huge reason for many. New equipment can be expensive and if you are not covered under insurance, you need to have other options. Refurbished equipment is a good one. Even if you are covered, many insurance plans limit the number of devices they will pay for in a period of time. So, if your environment or other situations change causing you to need a different wheelchair or lift chair, etc., your insurance may not cover it. In addition, some people need an extra piece of equipment and purchasing a refurbished item works well here, too.
Reason #3 – Stability in product: There is security in knowing a product has been in the market awhile and has proven its reliability. Refurbished products have had time for many ‘issues’ to have surfaced and to have been worked out. If there have been any safety issues, the product will have already been removed from the market, so reliability in older equipment is a plus.
Refurbished equipment really is a very good option for those of us who need high-quality equipment while watching our budget. Our customer service experts will be glad to help you find the right equipment to fit your needs and your budget.