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.
Mitka M. Advocates Seek Better Insurance Coverage for Amputees Needing Limb Prostheses. JAMA. 2008;299(18):2138-2140. doi:10.1001/jama.299.18.2138