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Prescription for hot-tub?

scaredofsurgerysscaredofsurgery Posts: 20
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Pain Management
Anyone ever try and get a script for a hot-tub?
When I see my doc I am going to ask him if its possible. I kinda dont think it will be possible, but I figure it may be worth it to try. I think it would be a great idea.


  • Do Let me know how that works out!
  • Yes, your doctor can write a prescription for a hot tub. If you have it in hand when you purchase, you will not have to pay any sales tax on it. I have several friends who have done this, and hopefully at some point in the near future I will as well.
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  • I asked my doctor about that. If you can prove medical necessity you can save the sales tax and may even get it approved by your insurance. If you pay for it you can also write it off as a medical expense on your taxes. Another tax writeoff is the electric to run it.

    Of course you may get audited. So if you decide to do this make sure you are well documented and that you only deduct the portion that is for your medical use. If you have a family you either have to prove they never use it or only deduct a portion.

    Years ago it was big to deduct central vac systems because it gets more of the dust out of the house since it exhausts outside. So ENTs where writing prescriptions like crazy.

    And then remember that hot tubs are very expensive to run especially as you get into colder climates. I'm in NY. A friend put one in last year. When they started it up this spring the first month added $300 to their monthly electric bill. The hot tub is cheap compared to the electric.
  • I got a script for one but haven't used it yet. I have recently been looking at them more and to my surprise there is a ton of used ones out there with maybe a year use on them. It seems to be one of those items people get and think they will use it everyday and it goes by the waste side and becomes a eye sore or something just taking up space. As far as the script the idea came from my doctor on it, as he thought it could help me with the chronic muscles spasms. I have been through a audit, on my business expenses and it is no fun by any means. If you do it with the intentions of writing it off make sure the receipt is not on thermal paper, that paper fades over a year and is not readable.
  • This is some amazing first hand information. Who would have thunk it. Only on SH. Love it!

    Wondering if I can get the doctor to write that script too?
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,420
    I did have a script for medical necessity for a Hot-Tub. Didn't change anything about the purchase price, but it was allowed for tax considerations.
    Also, the electric used by the Hot Tub can also be considered. You just need to identify the kilowatts used by the Hot Tub.

    Some doctors will not write a script for this. I think the question comes about if an insurance company would agree with the prescription
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Most insurance companies have a section in the policy documents that specifically excludes coverage for hot tubs, swimming pools, and like items because they're classified as a personal care items, not medical equipment. It's basically the same reason they don't have to pay for grabbers, hearing aids, stair-chairs, elevators, treadmills, health club memberships, etc. even if those items directly improve valid medical conditions.

  • but I live in a state with no sales tax. If you could write off anything it's worth a try. I love my Hot-tub and don't regret buying it!!!
  • somehow I do not think Anthem Blue Cross would go for it.... but it would be epic if I pulled it off.

    They did approve my stem machine with no hassle. Very nice unit, retail was about 3k.

    Good luck

  • When you are hurting so much with any type of pain, it is key to find something that aids in relaxation to settle down those tight, aggravated nerves. Last summer the family of a boy my daughter was dating decided to get rid of their hot tub. It was an older model and we knew it needed some work, but decided to take the chance. 10 football players delivered it to our deck and then a Hot Springs rep came and evaluated/repaired and did the set up with chemicals, etc. Although this happened over a period of months, we finally had it up and running and it has been a blessing. There was no insurance coverage in my situation, but I cannot tell you how many evenings I have looked forward to relaxing in the hot tub or in the jetted bath tub that my husband installed in our master bathroom, just for me. Both "tubs" represented some expense, but nothing like it would have cost for a new hot tub (we paid about $1500 for the repairs/setup/cover when a new one like ours would have been $7500)and I have seen very little increase in our electric bill so I assume ours must be very efficient (we keep it covered with an insulated cover when it is not being used). We keep the temperature set to about 105º.
    Knowing that my pain will probably never go away, my dear husband has encouraged these additions to our home in order to provide me ways to relax and be comfortable, even if it is a temporary thing. I find that using either of them right before bedtime is the best. I also have found a mixture of Epsom Salt/Lavendar Oil (brand name Dr. Teal's) that can be purchased in the health/beauty section at WalMart or Kmart has helped too in the bathtub.
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