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    replacement battery cost for suction kit?

    http://www.devilbisshealthcare.com/p...t-suction-unit

    Should a replacement battery for this actually cost $120?
    The DME just delivered it and I was surprised it cost that much.
    After a couple years it was not holding a charge.

    #2
    Hi Linda,

    You know what they say, if it has anything to do with medical, Cha-Ching!!! I just replaced my gel batteries on my wheelchair in December and the durable medical supplier charged Medicare $275 a piece (takes 2) plus about $80 labor to install them.

    But, I did some searching on the internet for the battery for Dave's unit. Here is what I found:

    http://www.phc-online.com/DeVilbiss_...p/7310pr-d.htm
    At this website, if you are buying the Unit and want an extra battery, the add on charge is REPLACEMENT BATTERY, 7310P-601 [Add $81.00], and there may be some shipping to add on.

    http://www.foremostequipment.com/ind...ith%20VacuAide
    DeVilbiss Battery Pack for use with VacuAideMedical Pumps - Medical Pump Accessories
    DeVilbiss Part #: 7310P-601
    MSRP: $99.09
    Our Price: $79.99 + Shipping

    http://www.aaawholesalecompany.com/d...0p-601-ea.html
    Battery, F/7310pr-d Sctn Mac Hine - - Devilbiss
    Item# DeV-7310P-601-EA
    $93.08, and probably some shipping charges

    http://www.medfinity.com/product_inf...ucts_id=214633
    DeVilbiss Battery replacement for Vacu-Aide Compact [ 7310P-601 ]
    $125.34, probably some shipping charges to add

    You might be able to find the battery cheaper if you searched for it by specifications.

    Say Hi to Dave for me.

    All the best,
    GJ

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      #3
      Linda, can't you get that through the VA (Prosthetics & SA Service)?? If you did not get the suction unit from them, they may not pay for the battery, but they should replace the entire suction unit if it is prescribed, and then will pay for repairs/parts in the future.

      (KLD)
      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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        #4
        We still had insurance when got the first suction kit. When he qualified for the waiver program they reimbursed him for a spare suction kit because it is so essential. I feel better having a back up.
        I took the battery from the spare kit and ordered another one with monthly supplies without even thinking it would be so expensive.

        I'll get reimbursed for this one too, but usually try to save money and not order from DME and should have thought of that.
        Thanks for the links GL and suggestions KLD.

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          #5
          It's too bad can't find a pic of the battery pack anywhere, hard to compare with no visuals.

          Most packs are made up of smaller batts held together, if you can get into the pack, you can usually find replacements for the pack components at places like Batteries Plus. You could disassemble the dead one to get an idea of what's inside.
          "a T10, who'd Rather be ridin'; than rollin'"

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            #6
            Originally posted by McDuff View Post
            It's too bad can't find a pic of the battery pack anywhere, hard to compare with no visuals.

            Most packs are made up of smaller batts held together, if you can get into the pack, you can usually find replacements for the pack components at places like Batteries Plus. You could disassemble the dead one to get an idea of what's inside.
            I got a pack like that from Interstate batteries when replaced 2 years ago, but the space in the suction kit is small and square so did not fit right.
            They refunded my money and said I'd have to get one from the dealer.

            I'll never get over the pricing of medical stuff!
            Some tiny bolt part for the chair was $275 so we went to a machinist shop Dave knew from when he worked and they quickly threaded a spare part we had. We were paying out of pocket at that time still trying to avoid medicaid and medicare would not cover anything on the chair insurance bought.
            That shop had been open since 1948 and I don't think they had swept the floor since then.

            Then the owner would not let me pay-he said "lady, you got enough troubles."
            They have since closed, but will never forget that kindness.

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