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VGM: Delivery costs increase 

VGM: Delivery costs increase  In the Southeast, for example, the average delivery cost has hit $122.45, an increase of 35% 

WATERLOO, Iowa – The cost of delivering home medical equipment has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the results of new survey from VGM.  

The survey of nearly 100 medical equipment providers in eight regions of the U.S. looked at vehicle cost per trip; PPE expense; labor expense per hour; and time of travel, equipment set-up and instruction, and equipment pickup. 

In the Great Lakes region, for example, the average delivery cost has hit $160.26, an increase of 19%. In the Southeast, the average delivery cost has hit $122.45, an increase of 35%. 

While labor costs in most cases increased only marginally, other costs, such as vehicle cost per trip, increased by a greater margin. 

The cost of PPE wasn’t a factor the last time VGM did the study in 2018, but it has added as much as $10.71 per trip in 2020 in the Mideast region, for example. 

VGM will use the data to bolster efforts to preserve access to HME. 


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