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How to Purchase an Oxygen Concentrator

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Do you ever wonder how to purchase an oxygen concentrator?

Thoughts of learning new equipment, changing your routine and re-working your insurance tend to cloud your mind and make the process more daunting than promising. An oxygen tank usually isn’t better, but it’s what you know and are used to.

The thought of getting a new oxygen concentrator is enticing, but the purchasing process can be the obstacle that stands between you and your new machine. If you want to know, “How can I buy an oxygen machine?” the truth is that the process can be simpler than you’d imagine, and the reward pays off immediately. Learning about the buying process and ordering an oxygen concentrator for sale can all be accomplished in minutes if you have all necessary information ready at hand.

Getting Started: How Can You Purchase an Oxygen Concentrator?

How can you buy an oxygen machine and what should you do? First, if you do not have an oxygen prescription yet, make an appointment with your doctor to have your oxygen levels tested. After completing tests to ascertain your oxygen level, you may also want to speak with an Inogen oxygen specialist so that they can send the appropriate prescription paperwork directly to your doctor. 

During your appointment, review the flow rates you need, the times and frequency with which you will use oxygen and any frustrations you currently have with your breathing difficulties. You should also specifically discuss how an oxygen concentrator could meet your oxygen needs. Make sure you have a solid understanding of your oxygen prescription and what you need to look for in an oxygen concentrator. 

If you are a caretaker researching oxygen concentrators for a loved one, you may wonder, “How can you purchase an oxygen concentrator for someone else?” There are certain legal requirements that must be met if the oxygen prescription is not under your name. Call our oxygen specialists to find out what you need to do. It is also helpful to attend doctor’s appointments with your loved one so that you can ask the doctor how to best care for them.  

  1. Decide What Type of Oxygen Concentrator You Need

After the doctor’s appointment where you discuss your oxygen needs and what you need from an oxygen concentrator, the first decision you have to make is whether you need a portable oxygen concentrator or a home oxygen concentrator. Your oxygen prescription will narrow your choices for you, based on the flow dosing you need. If you already know what you’re looking for, skip ahead!

If you don’t know, learn more about the differences in order to better understand your own needs and how they will best be met. In some cases, both devices are necessary.

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  1. Learn How Insurance Fits In

Inogen’s customer representatives are always ready and willing to help patients demystify the process of understanding how insurance and Medicare fit into the equation. Inogen can’t guarantee that everyone will receive full coverage, but Inogen can guarantee that we will try to find the best possible situation for every single customer, whether it’s a portable oxygen concentrator rental or direct purchase.

Many insurance plans will cover up to 80% of the cost for your oxygen therapy equipment, including Medicare, provided that your doctor confirms that you require it.

Brian Magladry, a Customer Development Representative at Inogen, points out that Inogen has direct access to Medicare and can see how long any patient has been on service with a tank. Inogen checks and verifies coverage and patient financial responsibility.

To learn more about how insurance may help you pay for an oxygen concentrator, speak to an Oxygen Specialist by calling 1-800-695-7915. Or visit this link: Portable Oxygen Concentrator Medicare.

  1. Pay in Cash to Speed Up the Buying Process

So, can you buy an oxygen machine directly? Absolutely, and purchasing your oxygen concentrator in cash speeds up the buying process, without waiting for insurance to review the purchase and decide whether they will approve it. That can be a long process, and in the end, you may discover that insurance will not cover your costs. Paying cash up front circumnavigates the red tape for a faster, easier purchase. Additionally, depending on your medical diagnosis and insurance, you may be able to bill your insurance for reimbursement. Contact your insurance company to find out if you can be reimbursed for your oxygen concentrator, and what you need to do to be approved.

Inogen’s online store enables you to get your desired oxygen concentrator on your doorstep as soon as possible. If you purchase your oxygen concentrator directly from us, the process is simple:

Step 1: Visit the product page for your desired oxygen concentrator

Step 2: Click Add to Cart

Step 3: Proceed to Checkout and fill out payment information

Step 4: Fill out shipping information

Step 5: Submit your order

Step 6: Wait to be contacted by an Inogen representative and confirm your order!

  1. Take it out of the Box and Get Moving

The next chapter of your life starts when your oxygen concentrator arrives!

How to buy an oxygen concentrator doesn’t have to be a Rubik’s cube for potential users who require medical oxygen. Inogen’s process is quick and simple. We’re looking forward to helping you get started.

Start the next chapter today with a free info kit!

Frequently Asked Questions: Purchasing an Oxygen Concentrator

How can I buy an oxygen machine online?

Ensure you have a current prescription for oxygen therapy. Then, go to Inogen.com and visit the product page to explore your options. Choose the right oxygen concentrator for you and click “Add to Cart.” Then, proceed to checkout and fill out your payment and shipping information. Submit your order and an Inogen representative will contact you to confirm and answer any questions. 

Why do you need a prescription to buy an oxygen concentrator?

An oxygen concentrator is a medical device that provides medical grade oxygen. As such, the USDA requires a prescription before you can purchase an oxygen concentrator. Simply see your doctor to find out about getting your oxygen prescription today.


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“Special Rules for Oxygen Equipment Rental, Repairs, and Maintenance.” Medicare Interactive, Medicare Rights Center, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020, www.medicareinteractive.org/get-answers/medicare-covered-services/durable-medical-equipment-dme/special-rules-for-oxygen-equipment-rental-repairs-and-maintenance.

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