QMedic's technology, developed by MIT scientists, sets it apart from other popular medical alert systems. QMedic offers high-tech monitoring and an insightful caregiver dashboard, which is ideal for those who want to keep a watchful eye on their aging loved one.
QMedic's pricing structure can be seen as either a drawback or a perk; the company requires customers to pay upfront for a year of service, starting at $300 for the in-home cellular system. But this breaks down to just $25 a month, which is $5 less than Bay Alarm Medical's monthly price for a similar system. With free shipping and no activation fees, QMedic offers a pretty good deal, even though the annual fee induces some sticker shock. Below, we'll go over the value of QMedic's two systems and explain how they stack up to competitors. By the end, you'll be able to make an informed decision (and maybe even save some money) on a QMedic medical alert system. Let's dive in!
|Product||Annual subscription price||Battery life||Button-to-base range||Features|
|Cellular Medical Alert System||$300||2 years||1,000 feet||
|Mobile GPS Medical Alert System||$400||14 days||N/A||
The Cellular Medical Alert System, QMedic's most affordable package, is designed for in-home use and doesn't require a landline. In the event of an emergency, simply press the help button on your lanyard or wrist to speak with an operator through the base station's two-way speaker. QMedic gives you the option to customize how calls and alerts are routed when the help button is pressed. You can choose for calls to go to QMedic's professional monitoring center or your chosen emergency contacts. The system's 1,000-foot button-to-base range is ideal for one- or two-bedroom homes and can even provide protection when you're out in the yard.
Money-saving tip: QMedic won't refund you for the remaining months of unused service if you cancel after the 30-day free trial, so it's important to make sure the system works for you. Thoroughly test your QMedic system within that 30-day window to ensure it's a good fit.
This system costs $300 per year, which breaks down to $25 per month. QMedic doesn't offer monthly or quarterly payment options like most other providers do, but it's pretty affordable when broken down by month. For example, Medical Guardian's annual price for a similar system is around $84 higher.
QMedic offers robust caregiver insights and proactive care features. For example, if the system detects abnormal activity, it will initiate a wellness call to check in and make sure you're all right. It's this kind of high-tech, proactive monitoring that makes QMedic worth it. Though $300 is a big chunk of change to hand over upfront, it is less per month than other providers charge, and QMedic has valuable features you won't get from competitors.
For protection on the go, QMedic offers a mobile GPS system powered by AT&T or Verizon cellular service. This all-in-one system can be worn around your neck at home or while you run errands, travel, or exercise, so it's a great wearable companion for older adults who are busy bees. With a $400 annual cost, this mobile system breaks down to about $33 per month. That is $100 more per year than the in-home Cellular Medical Alert System. Considering the mobile protection it offers, we think it is worth the bump in price for active users.
The mobile system's 14-day battery life is impressive. Many other mobile systems we've reviewed, like the GoSafe 2 from Lifeline, only have a one-day battery life. Plus, the GoSafe 2 is $17 more per month than QMedic's Mobile GPS Medical Alert System. If you don't mind that QMedic's system is a little bulkier than the GoSafe 2, you'll get a much better battery life and save over $200 a year.
FYI: QMedic doesn't offer fall detection. If you have a history of falling or fall detection is important to you, check out our list of the best medical alert systems with fall detection.
Another perk of QMedic is that you don't have to pay any additional equipment fees; you'll only pay the annual service fee. Other providers we've reviewed, like Lively, charge equipment fees, along with extra costs for add-on medical alert services. With QMedic, all of the medical alert features are included in the $400 annual price. We appreciate that QMedic doesn't make users fuss with add-on costs or equipment fees. However, if you're looking for accessories like jewelry pendants or wall buttons, you'll want to consider other providers.
QMedic is pretty affordable, but there is always a way to get a better deal, right? We recommend calling QMedic's customer service line to inquire about seasonal deals. When we tested QMedic's products, their customer service representatives were friendly and helped us choose the best system for our budget. The nice thing is that QMedic doesn't charge shipping, activation, installation, or equipment fees, so you don't have to worry about dodging pesky add-on costs. QMedic's transparent pricing earns a thumbs-up from us!
FYI: With QMedic, you'll lease your equipment rather than purchase it outright. If you decide to cancel your service, you'll mail the equipment back to the company.
Medicare won't pay for medical alert systems, but you may be eligible for coverage or reimbursement for your QMedic costs if you're on Medicaid or a Medicare Advantage plan. Ask a QMedic representative if your health plan covers a QMedic system, or call your insurance provider to see if they cover medical alert devices.
QMedic is designed for older adults and caregivers who want in-depth activity tracking and 24/7 protection. Since the system can track sleeping patterns, activity, and whether or not the user is wearing the device, we recommend it for older adults who:
QMedic is one of the more affordable medical alert providers. At $300 or $400 for an annual subscription, the company provides comprehensive monitoring for seniors and helpful insights for caregivers with no hidden fees. We wish QMedic offered monthly or quarterly payments like most of their competitors do, but QMedic's annual fees are lower than most competitors', so they provide great value at a low cost. As long as you plan to keep your system for a while and don't mind paying for 12 months of service in advance, QMedic is worth the upfront investment.
No. Since fall detection systems are prone to false alarms, QMedic does not offer it as a feature.
The QMedic Cellular Medical Alert System is $300 per year, while the QMedic Mobile GPS Medical Alert System is $400 per year.
In the case of a power outage, the base station will last 24 hours on the backup battery.
Yes, it is a good idea to wear your help button at night. That way, if you get up in the middle of the night, you can be sure you’ll have help if needed.
QMedic’s 30-day money-back guarantee starts the day you receive your system in the mail.
No. QMedic offers an in-home system powered by cellular service and a GPS mobile system that provides protection for seniors outside the home.