Friday, May 6, 2011

This wheelchair makes me cynical

I have my power chair back, with a brand spanking new controller.

The price should nearly wipe out the deductible on my in-network claims. So after this, I'll only have to pay 20% of the costs for my falling-apart POS wheelchair.

It works fine, but I am a tad suspicious. It needed a whole new controller, not just the speed potentiometer.

Insurance companies will buy new wheelchairs generally every five years. Is it odd that my chair is requiring seriously costly replacement parts just a month or two into its third year? Some people might think wheelchair companies like Pride Mobility are just out to bleed their consumers dry.

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