Medical Costs – $230.00 for a Shoulder Immobilizer

Medical Costs – $230.00 for a Shoulder Immobilizer

A few circular metal loops and a section of black material sewn together with a shoulder and waist strap with velcro straps. These are the things that you hear about the United States Government buying from a large supplier. I wasn’t an end buyer but a recipient at the Emergency Room at Wellington Regional Hospital from a bad fall. The diagnosis was great and that I had injured my shoulder and that I had to have to be ¬†immobilized for a time using this shoulder immobilizer.

The bill came in today from NOVA MEDICAL EQUIPMEMT and said that I owed $24.59. The surprise came when I took a close look at the bill and it said that the original price billed was the amount of $230.00. My insurance company paid about $98.00 of the total and disallowed about $107.00 with the remainder of $24.59 billed directly to me.


The one that is cirlced is very close to what I received at the hospial for immobilizing my shoulder.


I did a search on Google to see what a should immobilizer was going for and got a ton of responses. The above vendor sells a comparable product for $56.75. I’m still confused by this because of the price and can’t figure out why a company is billing me for a piece of material that if I knew what it was going to cost me, I could have gone home and took a towel and piece of rope to do the same thing and would not have felt violated.


A picture of the actual shoulder immobilizerlaying on my kitchen floor with tiles that are approximately 18″ by 18″. There is a shoulder strap and a waist strap to hold the shoulder immobilizer to the body with velcro straps. This cost $230.00. Stop laughing, it really costs $230.00.


A closer look at the linen material colored black with the tell tale black rings that hold the straps with velcro on the ends for strapping.

I’ll have to pay this bill but just wanted to pass on that if you come into the same situation that you can purchase this item on the internet and possibly via Amazon as you can see below, or, make your own.


The above assortment is an ad that you click on to see for a specific type of Shoulder Immobilizer that you will need. So, get a towel and a belt and tie it around your waist until you order one on the net or buy at a local supplier.

So, this is a start for me to share my favorite topics, getting screwed by the insurance industry. After a little research, we’ll find all those people that are making a ton of dollars on the back the poor slobs on the other end….the paying end.

Marty Dougherty @lookingforthecafones

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