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11
Mar

Smartphone to be Taxed as Medical Device?

Written by dreilly. Posted in Blog, health care reform, PPACA, premium costs

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ObamaCare imposed a tax on medical device manufacturers.  Items like wheelchairs, crutches, and leg braces are included.   So are things like tongue depressors, syringes, and latex gloves.  The tax, at 2.3%, increases the cost of just about every medical item you might see in a doctor’s office or emergency room, including…… your smartphone? 

That’s right.  The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to designate smartphones, tablets, and apps as medical devices subject to the new tax!  Millions of us use apps to measure calories, track weight loss, stick to drug regimens, monitor diabetes, etc.  We might soon pay the price. 

So, should the use of an app determine whether a smartphone or tablet is subject to the 2.3% medical device tax?  Well, that’s exactly what the Committee on Energy and Commerce would like to know.  They’ve sent a letter to the FDA and requested a response by March 15th.

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