Selling Elder Scooters Probed for Wrong Motive? Really?

An AP story today says the government and insurers are looking into the way scooters are being advertised to the elderly. The fear, apparently, is that old folks will see the commercials and want a scooter as a convenience rather than as a medical necessity.

Seriously, people? You have nothing better to do with your time?

As I read the rules, Medicare won’t cover the cost of these mobility devices unless a doctor prescribes them as medically necessary. So what difference does it make what the commercials about them say? Maybe more seniors who need them will ask about them if they’re not sold a if they were just another drug on wheels.

Sometimes, I wonder. Other times, I’m sure.

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