Hydrophilic catheters are one of the many options available for those who need to use a catheter. They are a fairly new and innovative type of catheter now on the market. Also known as pre-lubricated catheters, these have a coating that's bound to the surface of the catheter. It absorbs water and binds it to the catheter. Because of this binding, the surface of the catheter becomes smooth and slippery and provides lubrication when it is introduced to the urethra. Generally speaking, they are covered by Medicaid and most insurance companies. While this may not be the best option for everyone, there are good reasons for many to choose hydrophilic catheters as the best one for their needs. Consider these questions when researching hydrophilic catheters.