Does Medicare Cover Knee Scooters?

by David Bynon, last updated

Medicare does not cover knee scooters. However, it does cover crutches and wheelchairs, which provide mobility for the same injuries as a knee scooter.

Will Medicare Pay for a Knee Scooter

In this article, we’ll explain why Medicare doesn’t cover knee scooters but does cover wheelchairs and crutches. We’ll also show you how you can get a knee scooter covered.

Key Takeaways

  • A knee scooter allows you to move with a leg injury while keeping your hands open for daily activity.
  • Knee scooters can be rented for around $30 a week or purchased for an average of $350 if needed.
  • Medicare does not cover knee scooters because crutches and wheelchairs are already covered, which can suit any injury a knee scooter would be useful for.
  • Medicaid can provide coverage for medical services and supplies for people with qualifying incomes.
  • Medicaid coverage for knee scooters is not federally mandatory, so coverage will depend on your state’s Medicaid rules.

An essential part of many Medicare beneficiaries’ treatment is durable medical equipment (DME), such as wheelchairs and hospital beds. While Medicare covers most DMEs, it does not cover everything. Unfortunately, knee scooters are one of those DMEs that fall through the coverage cracks.

What Is A Knee Scooter?

A knee scooter, sometimes called a knee walker, is a scooter with a large pad that you rest your injured leg on, allowing you to move around despite your injury and without the need for cumbersome crutches. This also allows you to freely use your arms without having to rest one on a crutch and some knee scooters even come with baskets that can help you carry items when out, “Rolling to recovery: Knee walkers a popular alternative to crutches“, Accessed January 5, 2022

Several leg, knee, hip, and foot conditions can benefit from a knee scooter while you are recovering, such, “Knee pain: symptoms & causes“, Accessed January 5, 2022

  • An ACL injury
  • Bone fractures
  • Torn meniscus
  • Severe tendon inflammation
  • Tendonitis
  • Dislocated bones
  • Arthritis
  • Muscular atrophy

Average Cost

The average cost of a knee scooter is about $350 for purchase. However, it would be more financially beneficial to rent a scooter for the time you need it. Many medical equipment retailers rent out mobility items such as canes and wheelchairs. Knee scooters can be rented for as low as $30 a, “All Knee Walkers For Sale“, Accessed January 5, 2022

Why Doesn’t Medicare Cover Knee Scooters?

Medicare Part B covers the costs of renting or purchasing durable medical equipment (DME). However, a knee scooter does not meet the requirements for Medicare Part B coverage. It is considered a luxury item because crutches can serve the same purpose while being less expensive to, “Durable medical equipment (DME) coverage“, Accessed January 5, 2022


Medicaid is a benefit program that helps qualifying beneficiaries with the costs of their medical services. While Medicaid has many services that are mandatory to cover under federal law, some services are state-dependent. Medicaid may offer coverage options that help with the cost of a knee scooter and other DME, but these are dependent on your state’s Medicaid, “Mandatory & Optional Medicaid Benefits“, Accessed January 5, 2022

In Summary

Knee scooters are not covered by Medicare, but crutches and wheelchairs are available for any injury that a knee scooter would be helpful for. If you want a knee scooter and are unable to afford the cost of renting one, contact your State Medical Assistance (Medicaid) office to see if you qualify and if your state covers them.

You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) and ask a Medicare professional to get connected to your state’s Medicaid office. TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.


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