Federal Government Overpays for Penis Pumps

The inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services and Medicare compiled a report recently, which shows that Medicare pays “more than twice as much” for vacuum erection systems (VES) than either internet consumers or the Department for Veteran Affairs. According to the Mayo Clinic, VES is one of a few viable treatments for erectile dysfunction. However, at present legislators struggle to reach agreement on a $1 trillion spending bill, and government waste is a pressing concern. The report indicates that if Medicare had lowered its payments to match the cost paid by non-Medicare consumers it could have saved “an average of about 14.4 million for each of the last 6 years.”

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