A new home hospital bed can cost less than $500 to more than $5,000, depending on features. A standard model has a lower price than beds with electric features or those made for larger and heavier people.
A less-costly manual hospital bed has a hand crank to change its height and angle. Fully electric models are available for much higher prices.
You may be able to rent a home hospital bed instead of buying one. Pre-owned home hospital beds can be found at deep discounts. You also may qualify for a gently used home hospital bed at no cost from a charitable organization.
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Cost without insurance
Renting a bed
A home hospital bed is considered durable medical equipment (DME). DME is an umbrella term for medically necessary items for use at home. In addition to a home hospital bed, DME includes walkers, scooters, wheelchairs, blood pressure monitors, and oxygen machines.
If you do not have insurance, the cost of a new home hospital bed ranges from less than $500 to more than $5,000. Previously owned home hospital beds can cost a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. You may qualify for a free home hospital bed or a loaner at no cost.
The type of bed influences the cost. There are two main types of home hospital beds: regular and bariatric for people over 350 lbs. Both types of beds have different models, including:
Depending on your needs, you can buy or rent a home hospital bed. As mentioned, you may be able to find a pre-owned home hospital bed at a discounted price.
How much does a home hospital bed cost?
A new home hospital bed can cost less than $500 to more than $5,000. This includes just the frame of the bed.
There is an additional cost for other essential items, including:
Cost estimate (New)
Manual hospital bed
Semi-electric hospital bed
Partially electric operation
Electric hospital bed
Fully electric operation
Bariatric manual bed
Bariatric semi-electric bed
Partially electric operation
Bariatric electric bed
Fully electric operation
6” thick foam
Alternating pressure pad
Bedside pull bar
Overhead trapeze bar
What features does a home hospital bed usually include?
A home hospital bed is distinct from typical household beds because they are adjustable. You can change the height as well as the head, foot, and knee sections of the bed. Making adjustments to a home hospital bed is important for helping a person avoid pain and bed sores.
Manual hospital beds offer basic adjustments. Electric and semi-electric beds have premium features, such as:
What are the different types of home hospital beds?
There are two main categories of hospital beds: regular and bariatric, which are larger beds for people over 350 lbs. Generally, you choose from different models of both types, including:
Manual beds are the most affordable home hospital beds. They use hand cranks to adjust the position of the bed. These basic hospital beds require more work to achieve optimal comfort and have minimal additional features. If the person using the bed has limited mobility, it will be difficult for them to operate the crank on their own.
Semi-electric hospital beds allow you to adjust the head, foot, and knee areas of the bed by pushing a button. They require a hand crank to raise and lower the height of the bed platform.
Electric hospital beds are fully adjustable using an electric controller. You can raise or lower the main platform with the push of a button. You also can change the angle of the head, foot, and knee areas. Some fully electric home hospital beds even include USB ports for charging your phone and other items.
Bariatric hospital beds are sturdier versions of the manual, semi-electric, and electric home hospital beds. They are designed for individuals who need more supportive beds for heavier weights. The reinforced design of the bed is necessary for the safety of the person in the bed. Bariatric hospital beds are recommended for people who weigh at least 350 pounds and up to 750 pounds.
Will Medicare or private insurance cover the cost of home hospital beds?
Medicare Part B will partially cover the cost of a home hospital bed if you meet these conditions:
A doctor writes a prescription order for the bed.
Both the doctor and the company supplying the bed are enrolled in Medicare.
You pay the annual Medicare Part B deductible. In 2022, the deductible is $233.
After approval and meeting the yearly deductible, you pay 20% of the cost of the bed. Medicare will pay the other 80%.
Here are other factors to keep in mind:
You may be able to choose to rent or buy the bed, depending on your current and expected needs.
If you have a Medicare supplement insurance plan, you can file a claim for your portion of the cost.
Most Medicare Advantage plans will cover home hospital beds that are deemed medically necessary. Check your plan for specific coverage.
Many private insurance plans also cover home hospital beds when determined medically necessary. You need to find out whether your purchase requires approval.
What about renting a hospital bed for home use?
If you will need the hospital bed for a short period of time, it could make sense to rent instead of buying. Often, medical supply companies that sell beds will offer a rental option. You can ask your doctor’s office to recommend a company that rents home hospital beds.
Rental prices and inventory vary by location and the type of bed. Hospital bed rentals can run $100 per week. It’s possible that renting may equal or exceed the cost of buying a bed. Some companies offer discounts for long-term rentals.
Can I get a free or low-cost hospital bed for home use?
Yes. You can get a free or low-cost hospital bed for home use.
There are retail outlets across the country called medical thrift stores. Many of these stores are nonprofits, but some are for-profit businesses. The nonprofit operations often have donated items. Much of the inventory is used, but you may be surprised to learn that some of the items are new. You will not need a prescription, because you are paying with cash or credit.
Some medical thrift stores in the U.S. include:
Goodwill Home Medical Equipment: This warehouse in Bellmawr, New Jersey — across the river from Philadelphia — sells refurbished and discounted home medical equipment, including home hospital beds.
Medcy.org: This is a new and gently used nonprofit medical thrift store in Houston.
ReLink Medical: This online retailer helps medical facilities across the country liquidate used and out-of-service equipment. Based in Ohio, they have distribution centers in the Atlanta and Baltimore areas. They have a website for their hospital beds for sale and provide shipping. Be sure to use the “make an offer” option for a more deeply discounted price.
There are organizations that help people with disabilities, veterans, older persons, and others access gently used medical equipment including home hospital beds. Some even ship items across the country.
Start with the list of organizations below. Ask them for information about people in your area who may be able to help you find a free or low-cost home hospital bed. Some can help you access a home hospital bed but do not accept home hospital bed donations.
REquipment, which serves people in Massachusetts.
Convalescent Aid Society loans medical equipment in the Greater Los Angeles area for free but charges for nonreusable items such as mattresses.
Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization (HERO) offers electric and manual hospital beds for $500 to $800. This organization sells donated items from a store in Fargo, North Dakota.
St. Louis HELP provides free, recycled health equipment through a lending program at two locations in the Greater St. Louis area. The organization specifically asks donors for Invacare 5000IVC hospital beds.
The bottom line
Without insurance, a new home hospital bed may cost you less than $500 or more than $5,000. Finding the right home hospital bed for your needs can be expensive, but you may have more affordable options.
Instead of buying a new model, you may be able to rent, borrow, or buy a previously owned bed. There are medical thrift stores that sell new and refurbished home hospital beds for discount prices. There are organizations that lend home hospital beds (though you may need to pay for a mattress), too.
If you have insurance, Medicare covers a portion of the costs of a hospital bed. Medicare Advantage and many private insurance plans also may cover partial costs. If you have access to VA healthcare, you may qualify for a free home hospital bed. Note that essential items, such as the mattress and safety rails, often are not included in the cost of the bed.
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