The results have been tallied and the verdict is in: people love medical supply delivery.
Since 2005, the industry has nearly doubled in size, with more people choosing supply deliver over traditional brick-and-mortar retailers. The growth is expected to continue, with supply delivery overtaking retailers as the primary method of getting medical supplies.
Why are so many people choosing medical supply delivery? It’s simple: the advantages ver brick-and-mortar retailers are just too great to ignore. Here are the top 5 reasons why people are choosing to make the switch:
1. Enhanced Privacy
There’s no other industry that protects privacy more than healthcare. HIPAA and other regulatory practices regulate businesses serving healthcare needs, and that’s where the differences between retailers and medical suppliers begin.
Medical suppliers strictly follow HIPAA and other privacy regulations. Every transaction is confidential. Customers can find and order products anonymously, avoiding potential embarrassment of shopping in public spaces.
2. Better Service
Customer support is a major hurdle for brick-and-mortar retailers. Most stores don’t have product experts on-staff to answer questions. That leaves customers depending on packaging descriptions to make the right choice. Because their questions might be related to sensitive medical issues, some people don’t even feel comfortable discussing them face-to-face.
There’s very little room for error when it comes to answers about medical supplies, so people are moving to medical supply delivery. With no retail spaces to upkeep, there’s greater opportunity to invest in teams dedicated to educating patients. The extra product support results in a better experience, and people like that.
3. Insurance Could Pay For It
Not many people know this, but health insurance plans may actually cover the cost of medical supplies. The problem, however, is that most brick-and-mortar establishments can’t make this happen. They aren’t set up to process insurance claims, so products that might be covered must instead be purchased at the patient’s expense. For people with eligible benefits, this is a missed opportunity.
Medical supply delivery is different. With a proper diagnosis and the right paperwork, it’s possible to process insurance claims and use them to receive supplies. That means reduced personal costs and more disposable income to use for other necessities.
4. More Convenience
If there’s one thing that the pace of modern life has taught, it’s that time is precious. It’s a lesson that people are showing they’ve learned through their shopping habits. In the past few years, consumers have reduced the amount of time they actually shop, opting for online services that are much faster. Speed and convenience are now top-ranking concerns for most consumers, and this is especially true for patients.
It should be no surprise, then, that medical supply delivery is becoming the preferred option for patients. Rather than making frequent trips to the store to restock, we check in with patients each month before fulfilling their recurring order. Assuming there are no changes, the whole process requires only a few minutes every 30 days. That’s a lot of extra time that can be dedicated things other than worrying about when you have to make another supply run.
5. Fast and Reliable Delivery
Medical supplies are not items that people can go without, and this is where brick-and-mortar stores struggle Retailers confined to a physical location are limited by the space they have to display products. This means they must be more discerning, choosing to only offer items that are the most popular or bring in the most revenue.
This is not the case for patients who use medical supply delivery. Orders ship directly from distribution warehouses, so availability is rarely an issue. Because there are no restrictions with retail space, medical supply companies can offer a far better range of products. For patients, this means fewer situations in which a patient cannot get what is needed. And that’s very good news to someone who relies on them for their well-being.