Hi, I would caution you that most organizations aren't going to help you if you have insurance. When insurance says 'rent,' they are usually following the same guidelines as Medicare in that the insurance agrees to a rental contract with the DME for a period of 13 months, after which the machine is yours to keep. Now, having said that, if YOU have to pay a deductible and a monthly copay during the rental period, you need to figure out what that amounts to for the total rental time. If it is more than what you can buy a machine for outright, then you can make a decision.
We have many Kaiser patients on this forum, and you might start a new thread with the Kaiser name in it to draw them to your questions about what they normally do and what kind of machines they supply.
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