VA Contract for Hearing Aids - Minutes from VA Meeting in
By Tami Klink
Editor: Ever wonder how much your hearing aids REALLY cost? This article
doesn't answer that question, but the fact that the VA buys them for an
average of $350 sure makes some people wonder why they cost us thousands of
dollars. One such person is Tami Klink, who has graciously allowed us to
share her article with you. You can read more of her writing at http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/71964862.html
Don't get me wrong. I'm all for our much deserving Veterans getting the
medical care and support that they all need when they come back home after
serving our Country. But, now that I've read the minutes of this meeting and
see how much the VA is going to spend on average for DIGITAL BEHIND THE EAR
Hearing aids, I'm really pissed.
Someone please explain to me why those of us that have not been in the
service, but work and pay taxes here in the U.S. are having to pay $1500 -
$2500 per hearing aid and the VA will now have a contract with 6 Hearing Aid
Manufacturers that will charge the VA on average $350.00 per hearing aid?
Don't give me the BS about 'it's all about the service'.
Here 's the breakdown: (How much my hearing aids actually cost in July
2008 plus the actual testing)
For people like me that are not Veterans -
Hearing Test/Audiogram $350.00
One Digital BTE GN Resound Hearing Aid - $3786.00 (In my case I need 2
hearing aids, so double the cost) Average of 3 trips back to the audiologist
for tweaking and/or repairs over a 2 year period is also included in this
cost. We are talking about a total time spent with the audiologist of around
4 hours. TOPS! So, based on this VA contract, I am paying approximately $800
for each HA per hour for this service! (Remember, I have not one, but two
HA's) What other professional gets these hourly rates?
It's really nice that the government is fighting to get the best possible
care for the Veterans. Lord knows, they need it. But, where exactly is the
governmental agency that is supposed to be making sure the rest of us (we
are talking millions of people here!) are also getting a fair deal?
Imagine how many people would be able to get needed hearing aids if they
only had to pay the VA prices? On average, it takes approximately 5 years
for a person to finally take the step to go in and get tested/fitted for a
hearing aid. Unfortunately, most don't end up getting the HA's due to the
cost out of pocket for them.
Here are the minutes of the VA Meeting. Go to Page 3 for the Hearing aid
Gee, maybe the AARP who has that great new insurance for hearing aids
with Hears USA can slip in here and fix it. Naw, that would eat into their
profits too much. Imagine how much money they are making off of all of us
Non-Veterans? And, now they are wanting to sell all of us HOH an insurance
policy that will pay a whole $1,000 on 1 hearing aid. What a deal! We'll
still be out on average $2,000 per aid. (This is after you take out the cost
of the insurance premium too.)
Can you say Ponzi Scheme? Unfortunately, the consumer is the one at the
bottom of the triangle....
Have a great week!
Copyright 2009 Tami Klink