Why No Prices
of Products You Show Here?
The information here provided is for
educational purposes only and it is not intended, nor implied, to be a
for professional medical advice. Always consult your own physician or
healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical
A fair question,
particularly because at this website I tell you all about the products
used with supplemental oxygen except price.
- I describe
concentrators for home and portable use. I tell you about concentrators
that can fill cylinders of a portable system. I show what portable
oxygen systems look like that use compressed oxygen cylinders and
conservers. I describe liquid oxygen portable with built-in conservers
and the reservoirs that fill the portable. Nowhere do I quote prices of
these home or portable systems.
- I describe what
manufacturers say about their products. I tell you what users say about
them. I list product specifications. I put the specifications in a
table so you can compare apples with apples. I highlight and discuss
the differences and variations among similar products so you can decide
your preferences for yourself. Nowhere do I list comparative prices.
And, there is good
reason why I do not quote prices and that is, there should be no
If you are insured, you
do not have to pay for any oxygen products. You do not have to pay for
any oxygen while away from your home base. All costs are covered under
the service agreement between your insurer and your oxygen provider.
The essence of the service agreement is that the oxygen provider will
keep the oxygen flowing for a flat fee paid by the insurer and the
patient. Regardless of what products you now have or change to, your
copay will remain the same.
- I discuss travel.
I describe motoring across the United States, picking up oxygen and
using it as you go from one locality to another. Nowhere do I tell you
what to pay for oxygen while traveling.
The purpose of this
website is to provide you with the information you need about oxygen
products so you can compare what is available with what has been issued
to you. You may want to take this information to your oxygen provider
and negotiate for better products. You should do this when you think
your products are not supporting you and your lifestyle.
|If you continue to work, your
provider must set up equipment at your home and at your place of
employment. If you ask for a second concentrator to place in your SUV
or RV during the season or for a back up conserver, or for extra liquid
oxygen tanks, your provider will probably accommodate you. However, it
you ask your provider for a second concentrator to put in your vacation
home which is located in a remote area in another state, the provider
may say no.
You should find your
provider willing to listen to reasonable requests from customers. Your
provider’s customer base is its most important asset. Each new customer
is going to be a customer for life. These customers will generate
significant annual revenue for the provider in return for regular
services with known costs. For example, your provider can expect $3,000
annually from each Medicare customer in return for equipment and about
18 home visits a year. It is important to that provider to keep each of
its customers well supported.
that you may want
to exchange a concentrator for a liquid oxygen system for home use.
apartment or mobile home is too small to handle the heat, vibration,
and noise a concentrator generates.
- On your
fixed income you
cannot afford $30 a month more in electricity to run the concentrator
and the additional air conditioning cost to offset the heat it
generates during the summer.
- You live in
an area that has frequent and long power outages.
Reimbursement for all
Medicare patients is the same, regardless of the oxygen system
(concentrator, compressed oxygen, or liquid oxygen) and the flow rate
of the patient. (This may also true of Medicaid, and most other
insurers.) Knowing this, physicians are more likely not to specify the
particular oxygen source when writing the prescription. Even when they
do, providers may ignore the recommendation and choose the least
expensive method. However, the means chosen by the provider may not be
the one most appropriate from a clinical point-of-view. Use what you
learn from my website to help your physician understand clinical issues
that will help you get the friendliest oxygen system.
that you may want
to exchange a compressed oxygen for a liquid oxygen system for portable
- You do not
have the strength to carry at least five hours of oxygen.
- You have
difficulty controlling and fear injury when you are required to pull an
E cylinder on a cart.
- You do not
have the hand strength to open and close the valve of a cylinder.
- Your flow
or pulse rate is so high that you have to change even the largest
cylinders you can carry, every two hours.
If you are on Medicare
and qualify for a wheelchair, you can get a power wheelchair at no
cost. Most wheelchair distributors will accept Medicare’s 80 percent as
payment in full with no copay. Seek out distributors carefully,
selecting one who will service it in your home. Google “power wheelchair.”
An oximeter is the most
important product oxygen users can have. If your insurer is other than
Medicare, you may find you have a small copay. (See Aetna’s
Until Medicare wakes up to the importance of this device in patient’s
hands, patients are going to have to pay the cost. Prices are down from
$400 to less than $300, so shop carefully. Google “finger oximeter,” “onyx” or
To check leaks in
tubing, own a liter meter. The cost is between $10 and $25, depending
on how high the meter goes. To find one, Google “liter meter.”
So there. That’s why I
have not quoted prices. With some good research through my website and
both a physician and a provider willing to please, you should be using
the products that are the best for you.
Need more help? Drop me
that you might be
dissatisfied with your present conserver.
breathing is so shallow that you miss pulses. Some conservers are
better than others at recognizing inhalations.
- You have a
very slow (or very
fast) breathing rate. Resetting the pulse rate is one solution. Another
is to use a conserver that delivers the same amount of oxygen each
minute, regardless of the patient’s breathing rate.
- You are a
mouth breather. Continuous flow is probably the best.
© 2004 Copyright
Peter M. Wilson, Ph.D.
Founder of PortableOxygen.org
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