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Thread: Medicross Blatant Price Extortion - Moon boot and crutches

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    Angry Medicross Blatant Price Extortion - Moon boot and crutches

    I was recently injured and had to acquire a moon boot.

    The Medicross wanted to charge me R2700, but I declined and thought I do some research first. I found many local 2nd hand boots for around R1k-R2k, but I was completely stumped when I came across the same boot on Amazon Brand new: $60 or R743 at the current exchange rate.

    https://www.amazon.com/Aircast-Pneum...YMY?th=1&psc=1

    For crutches, they wanted to charge R600, but luckily Dischem sold them for R175.

    So WTH gives? How is the medical industry getting away with this extortion and what can be done to prevent this? Should the insurance companies not step in? Is medical aid 'savings' making us so lazy to just accept this?

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    I just paid - R2000 for consulatation and xrays at medi clinic for my daughter who fractured her ankle.
    Saw an ortho surgeon a week later and took my own moon boot with - instead he put her in a fibre glass cast - R2000 - only to be cut off and discarded in 2 weeks time!

    The medical industry, no matter where it what, is just a rip off
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoosTa View Post
    I was recently injured and had to acquire a moon boot.

    The Medicross wanted to charge me R2700, but I declined and thought I do some research first. I found many local 2nd hand boots for around R1k-R2k, but I was completely stumped when I came across the same boot on Amazon Brand new: $60 or R743 at the current exchange rate.

    https://www.amazon.com/Aircast-Pneum...YMY?th=1&psc=1

    For crutches, they wanted to charge R600, but luckily Dischem sold them for R175.

    So WTH gives? How is the medical industry getting away with this extortion and what can be done to prevent this? Should the insurance companies not step in? Is medical aid 'savings' making us so lazy to just accept this?
    This is all relative. Can you get it today from Amazon? What about delivery costs, taxes?
    Also crutches are not always the same, the Dischem one's aren't great tbh.

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    I think the problem here is that most people who are on medical aid, will accept these high rates, without questioning the price, whereas if you purchase a TV or gadget, people would generally do the smart thing and do research.

    I also believe that medical savings have made us extremely lazy which allow the medical companies to get away with charging extremely high rates on products.

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    Is it not the medical aid entity's job to challenge those prices? Just checking/asking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbin View Post
    Is it not the medical aid entity's job to challenge those prices? Just checking/asking.
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    I had to take my brother for stitches in his knee yesterday, he has no medical aid.

    First hospital I stop at, they want R4200 and they will stitch him. I take my brother to hospital #2, R2500 deposit and I need to pay costs after that. I managed to find a GP, did the 6 stitches with medication and tetanus injection for R900.

    Medical industry is a joke and the only ones laughing are the ones making the money!

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    My brother is a dentist. He's really big into proactive hygiene. His one product he gives to all his patients is this plastic tongue scraper.
    The South African supplier recently stopped importing them, citing demand had dropped due to their high cost.
    My sister flew in from Atlanta yesterday, and brought him some. She bought them at Wall Mart. They were on special, she bought 4 boxes.

    And I took my mom to get new batteries for her hearing aid on Saturday. They were R69 for 6 at Dischem. The same batteries at the hearing-aid supplier costs R40.
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