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therapeutic hot tubs

Postby lljacskon » Tue May 27, 2008 9:55 pm

OK everyone...does anybody have a hot tub that was purchased for therapeutic reasons and you insurance covered it? My daughter did some house sitting for a friend and she had a hot tub. Kaylie said this really helped her tired muscles at night.
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Re: therapeutic hot tubs

Postby dtyree » Wed May 28, 2008 6:33 am

I would kill to have one. It does not have to have a pop up TV, drink holders, aramatic sprayers, lights that change colors, just lots of water jets. Did some checking with my doc, he would not write a prescription, checked with the insurance co, they would not cover it. Guess it has not yet been discovered as a therapeutic item yet.

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Re: therapeutic hot tubs

Postby Janice » Wed May 28, 2008 9:08 am

I wonder, if the prescription was written by a therapists rather than a doctor, would the insurance then cover it. I think if your healthcare provider (therapist, doctor, whoever) pushed hard enough, you could get anything covered. It really all depends on the determination of the person requesting the item.

There are some out there who refuse to take no for an answer even if there has to be a work-a-round. Such as, we won't pay for the purchase of one, however we will pay for a membership to a gym that has the necessary equipment.

I have one doctor on my team like this. However, most insurance companies will only take information from the doctor (etc) requesting the service.

I hope this makes sense. I had a hard time constructing (? see what I mean) what I wanted to say.

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Re: therapeutic hot tubs

Postby trendz » Wed May 28, 2008 8:56 pm

I just spent 7000.00 on a hot tub this past weekend. My mom and dad have one and it is the only time I am in NO pain. It is incrediable. I have a tuff time getting in and out due to knubness in my left leg but i manage. I got a script from my doctor but BC/BS said they wouldn't cover it. They said they would pay for gym membership that has a hot tub. HUH! I cant drive due to my legs. That cracks me up about the gym membership. Are they going to pay a cab to take me and someone to assist me in and out. What a joke. Anyway the hottub is amazing and it is worth every penny. They did tell me since i got a script from the doctor i could write the hot tub off on my taxes at the end of the year.
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Re: therapeutic hot tubs

Postby Kathy2020 » Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:25 pm

I'm a lot late with this post, but oh well. Does anybody else have pain when showering or trying to get into a pool or hot tub? Water makes me paralized. It did that even before surgery.
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Re: therapeutic hot tubs

Postby marymac » Sun Sep 13, 2009 6:07 am

Hi there:

Yes I do. i dread getting in and out of a shower/pool/hot tub. It really hurts, but for short period of time. Still,
lucky enough to have those things but there's a problem getting in and out. Small price to pay when nothing else does.
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Re: therapeutic hot tubs

Postby auntmary » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:03 pm

I was in a hot tub on Sat. felt good for about 5 min. and then it didnt feel as good . That night I couldnt lye down and ended up in E.R on Sunday for a shot for pain . I could'nt help but think it had something to do with the hot tub but I thought that was crazy it should have made me feel better . Mary
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Re: therapeutic hot tubs

Postby Dcuster » Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:21 am

what I did with mine was get the script from the doctor, go pick out the hottub, they do not charge any tax at the tme on it because of the script. Also at the end of the year you can claim it as part of your medical expenses. I got to even charge the amt of money it cost to buy the wood to build a deck for it and the elctrition to come do the wiring for it as well. That was about 5 yrs ago and everything went fine with taxes etc.
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Re: therapeutic hot tubs

Postby syrinx48 » Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:14 am

I Have a hot tub at home and I hate it to go in there. I can't stand the waterjets, they hurts, like some said too. Having a shower isn't that painfull.

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Re: therapeutic hot tubs

Postby JaneMWM » Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:32 am

Kathy2020 wrote:I'm a lot late with this post, but oh well. Does anybody else have pain when showering or trying to get into a pool or hot tub? Water makes me paralized. It did that even before surgery.

oh definitely, I am frankly traumatized by the process of having to get a shower all the time. It's a horrible pain and I get where I can't breath from it. There is some serious dizziness too. I didn't realize I wasn't the only one. I thought it was because I also have a metal allergy (like hard water causing it to act up). I even get it when I wash my hands. Water hates me.
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Re: therapeutic hot tubs

Postby razzle » Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:49 am

breathing and dizzyness in the shower is medication related . I was on 2 meds that did that to me. R
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Re: therapeutic hot tubs

Postby JaneMWM » Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:27 pm

i'm on a pain med and an antidepressant. do you know which it may be?
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Re: therapeutic hot tubs

Postby jgirl_75 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:43 pm

I have a hot tub, but it needs the "hot" fixed. It relaxes my muscles better than the meds I am prescribed and sleep very sound. I hope to get enough money to have it repaired soon.
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Re: therapeutic hot tubs

Postby chrisw » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:45 pm

humm. I have a jacuzzi tub but it makes my symptoms/pain worse. my doc/therapist tell me only ice no heat with SM.
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