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Medical News & Perspectives
May 14, 2008

Advocates Seek Better Insurance Coverage for Amputees Needing Limb Prostheses

JAMA. 2008;299(18):2138-2140. doi:10.1001/jama.299.18.2138

Many nonmilitary amputees needing prostheses are facing a financial squeeze because the cost for high-tech devices continues to rise while reimbursement from private insurance remains woefully inadequate or is even being reduced or eliminated.

These patients must either pay the difference between a device's cost and the insurance coverage or forgo prostheses that could provide a higher quality of life. Some use old artificial limbs that no longer fit correctly, which can lead to secondary medical conditions requiring costly treatments such as knee replacement surgery.

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