The rising cost of medical equipment is causing many people to pinch pennies.
For senior citizens on a fixed income, used equipment is budget friendly.
Medical equipment stores have seen a huge increase in used sales.
The equipment is discounted anywhere from 50-75% off.
Programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation services help to defray costs.
"If Medicare gets to where they won't pay for this, then we'll be in trouble because we have to pay for it ourselves,” says Carolyn McNair, Medicare recipient.
Health officials say it’s important to consult with your doctor prior to purchasing any used medical equipment.