Amputee OT’s Video on why you can’t buy prosthetic parts online is pretty enlightening.
Personally, I would find this infuriating and would probably hoard different parts/look into open source stuff/compile lists of alternatives/ already have pre-ordered a mark 2 so I could start making my own sockets. Seriously, fuck this kind of corpore protectionist bullshit masquerading as “care”. It’s a version of what Apple does with it’ s “App Store” ecosystem. It’s also paralell to the way the language of “care” and the extant medical regulatory apparatus is used as a club to beat abortion providers out of existence.
Basically, tethering these things to an appointment creates artificial scarcity that benefits the manufacturers because it creates a supply conduit that’s tantamount to price-fixing.
It strikes me as bodies being treated as someone’s ongoing monopoly; which is maybe just capitalism period, but this seems like an unnecessarily gross form of it that exploits people who are already at a physical/environmental (depending on yr theory of disability) disadvantage. Glucose meter companies do an even worse version where each system for monitoring is just proprietary enough to force lock-in/brand loyalty.
So yeah, I didn’t know it was set up like this, but to me it needs to be changed cause if yr smart enough to know what you need, medical personell shouldn’t be used as this potemkin ceiling on meeting that need just so Ossur can maintain their markup on technology that hasn’t changed in over 10 years.