A medical supply store has become a favorite place for customers to buy their healthcare supplies.
And with the holidays approaching, some hospitals have started selling supplies for the holidays too.
With hospitals struggling with their finances, many have started making their own gifts, including baby wipes, pacemakers, and even a teddy bear.
While hospitals have made a point of not selling their goods, many hospitals have begun offering discounts to their guests, and it’s not a new trend.
The US Surgeon General’s office, for example, has recently offered discounts for families to purchase the holiday season supplies at a rate of 25% off the retail price.
“I think hospitals are just so focused on their bottom line,” said Sarah Smith, a nurse and health economist at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
“So they’re offering this discount to the families who have the least financial resources.”
In fact, one major hospital chain, Kaiser Permanente, has offered a 50% off discount on supplies and products for families and employees, as well as discounts for individuals.
The idea is to help families with difficult financial times during the holidays.
Smith explained that this is because many families don’t have the financial resources to make purchases.
“It’s also a way for families who may have been able to make their own purchases, but may not have been in a position to do so, to get some help,” she said.
“For them, it’s just another gift to offer to the community.”
Smith said hospitals often ask their guests to fill out forms to make sure they’re eligible for the discounts.
Some of the forms have instructions for people to send in their social security numbers, so they can receive discounts.
For many, the gift shop experience is just another way to give back to the health care community.
Smith said that her family’s Christmas gifts are just one of the gifts they’ve received.
“We’ve received a lot of gifts from the health system, and there are so many,” she added.
“It’s a great way to do that.”