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So you want to save money on durable medical equipment (DME)? Buying used equipment can save you 50 percent or more over new, depending on the item, its age and condition.
Prices also vary, depending on where you purchase the used equipment. MDA loan closets will loan out pre-owned DME at no charge to those served by the Association.
Shopping for used durable medical equipment or assistive technology is very much like buying a used car or television set. Whether buying from a friend or relative, at a dealership or through a classified ad, a buyer must be both careful and realistic. Mark Obatake, executive director of the Hawaii Centers for Independent Living in Honolulu, says, "Buying durable medical equipment or...