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Perhaps you have seen those obnoxious commercials for this powered wheelchair from "The Scooter Store." Every time I see it, I grit my teeth and tell myself that this is the kind of crap for which the government just loves to spend taxpayer dollars.
But you have to hand it to this organization. They know a growing demographic when they see one and see the Obamacare writing on the wall.
Even CNNMoney.com thinks this is one of "the best companies for growth" in the U.S.
I am not saying that the product is crap. I am saying that the spiel is. "Don't worry about the cost... the government is taking care of you." First of all, Medicare is not going to pay for it unless you are broke [which is as it should be], so the commercial is nothing more than the classic "bait and switch" updated to "we know you want it, but the bad old government won't pay for it like we thought they would, so we can set up an easy payment plan for you." Remember... it's paid for by the government, if you get prequalified by the company. Likely you won't, but likely you'll get the hard sell... or the wrong sell.38. Scooter StoreJob growth: 51%
U.S. employees: 2,173
2010 Best Companies rank: 38
Not to be confused with those zippy little rides for kids, the Scooter Store specializes in medical power chairs for seniors -- and is no fad. The company notched some impressive job growth last year thanks to the aging baby boomer population and a strategic marketing shift.
Instead of relying on television advertisements, the Scooter Store bulked up its sales force to court doctors and assisted living facilities directly, with much success. New positions have also opened up for those who provide delivery, service and administrative support across the country.
Although Executive Vice President Mike Pfister doesn't anticipate the same level of growth that the company experienced last year, he estimates it will remain in the double digits. "We try to provide an alternative for going to a nursing home," he said, and "people believe in our ideology."
If this is one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S., you had better check your wallets on April 15... or after you call them.
Compare this to the Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan subsidiary which lets doctors decide and then offers some really good prices on medical equipment here. I think I would go through a process that includes a professional organization of doctors and therapists before running out to buy some equipment that may or may not be suitable.