We have received a recent flood of requests for medical equipment to be supplied by private companies. These companies solicit business from Medicare patients and, in turn, try to get physicians to sign orders for medical equipment that may or may not be necessary. The requests have been for a variety of products ranging from back braces to power scooters. It has always been the policy here in Watertown not to fulfill such requests outside of VA services. If patients feel there is a personal need for medical equipment, they should make an appointment to discuss this with their provider. We in Watertown will then submit requests within the VA. We appreciate your understanding regarding this policy.
John P. Sneden, MD
Watertown VA Clinic