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Electric wheelchairs are very often paid for by your health insurance company. If you have a qualifying condition that makes you unable to walk, or to use a manual wheelchair, health insurance or Medicare will cover the cost of an electric wheelchair to help you be mobile again. Many electric wheelchair providers will even help you to apply for benefits to cover your wheelchair, or prequalify you, so that you will know how much (if any) you will have to pay out of pocket. Medicare may have different requirements (such as needing an electric wheelchair for even very short distances in your home) for approval than private insurance companies, so be sure to consult your doctor as well as your insurance provider for details.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|