Master Medical Supplies Inc - info to assist you

This website domain is still here to continue assisting you - the patient and caregiver. Check the "RESOURCE" page for specifics on products. I felt it wrong to stop helping now - with limitations. Any information provided here should be discussed with a medical professional and/or taken as your own final decision as this website is an information source as I provided in the store. As of 4.26.14, I will no longer be updating this site. Karen.

The business began in 1983 as a source for patient and caregivers. A retail store establishment carrying goods that could be discussed & bought as needed at decent prices. Physican office supplies were added to supplement requests by local medical offices. The business became a center hub for vaccine availability.

2003 began the slow transition from the dual purpose back to the original purpose. The changes to healthcare that one saw ahead were the guiding factor to the decision. Moving a few doors west in 2005 allowed the business to transition to a retail shopping environment with full product displays. Product discussion could occur between patients, caregivers, physicians and store staff to offer the best option for the patient.

2009-2010 increased the departure from medical provider needs as patients needed more assistance.Saw that physicians were going to be melded into hospitals so purchasing needs would change.  Patient & medical provider dscussions seemed to have an increase in "go to any medical supply store" thoughts which increased patient & caregiver stress.

2011-2012 continued the sending of information to medical providers offering assistance to their patients to ease the "go to any medical supply store" instructions.Also searched for funding.

2013 began search for a manufacturer that carried the broad range of products patients that were available here and not elsewhere in the city to create a "exclusive brand type store".

One manufacturer in particular already had a huge majority of shelf and floor space for their product and had been advised of same over the years. This manufacturer - Medline -  "was not interested" although they could have carried about 90% easily and within the price points necessary.Their Guardian product line did not seem to make in into the Medicare approved contract suppliers listings. This business model of having a retail brick and mortar location in the heart of the city remains viable. The products carried are still being sought for and not found elsewhere in the city but needed and usually needed right away. Medical trade magazines are touting the retail sales as a necessity and wave of the future - something I understood years ago.This model could work on a smaller scale in a retail environment in a big chain location to supplement the pharmacy as an additional step toward wellness and health. A hospital could set up a retail store front within their property so patients paying cash would not have to waste time searching for items designed to help them. What it takes though is trained and compasionate staff who know the products and understand the need. It also required deeper pockets than what I had available to me in the end.

9.25.13 open letter to the Medline bosses.

2014 copyright Master Medical Supplies Inc (3.1983-12.2013) & Karen Walaszek (ongoing). This site is for general information use to aid patients, caregivers and other interested parties with medical product need decisions. Final determination and proper use of same is ultimately determined by the reader for their best needs.