- Cape teacher accused of assaulting student at football game (10/23/16)36
- Pedestrian killed during traffic collision on I-55 (10/23/16)9
- Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter faces challenge from criminal investigator Wes Drury (10/21/16)8
- Shooting injures two people in Cape early Tuesday (10/19/16)34
- 18-year-old killed in one-car crash Thursday morning (10/21/16)1
- Man arrested after dispute at school spurs brief lockdown (10/21/16)6
- 'I feel for them' (10/20/16)1
- Hundreds turn out for VintageNOW fundraiser (10/23/16)3
- Crews are working on the new Drury Hotel (10/21/16)4
- Benton man accused of statutory rape, selling pot (10/20/16)1
Base decision on medical need
To the editor:
I had to respond regarding Medicare not approving electric wheelchairs unless the individual is permanently confined to a wheelchair.
Although unscrupulous medical equipment suppliers may defraud the government by submitting unnecessary applications for electric wheelchairs, a reputable medical equipment provider will ask the person with a disability to secure a prescription from a doctor confirming the necessity of an electric wheelchair. Most physicians will not prescribe one if it isn't a medical necessity for their patients.
With a financially oppressed economy, I don't feel the answer is lobbying for more money from the government. The increased supply and demand by an aging population with disabilities will always exceed the government's ability to financially comply. When people don't do what they know they should do, the government steps in to legislate their conscience at a cost to everyone. Long-standing medical research and development patents artificially keep the cost of medicines and technology high, much beyond the life of the product. If industry and government resource providers would work with clients and their doctors, the cost of independence would not have to be so selective or come with such a high price tag.
MARYANN "MIKI" GUDERMUTH
SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence