(11-05-2012, 08:15 PM)Ugly Wrote: Yeah yeah I know I can't get top of the line when I'm not paying anything for it.
Here's the issue: you ARE paying for it
. You've either paid for it via private insurance premiums or taxes if some type of government program like Medicare/Medicaid.
And, even if you're never paid a dime into Medicare/Medicaid, the rest of us taxpayers would like you to get a machine where you can monitor your progress with data such as AHI, leaks, etc., allowing you to optimize your CPAP treatment for effectiveness. That will get you better treatment in the long run and actually reduce your health care costs in the future, saving taxpayers more money in the future.
Insist on the bare minimum of a data-capable CPAP machine, as Sleepster suggested.
You owe it to yourself, and to the rest of us who pay insurance premiums and Medicare Taxes. The only thing that's happening by accepting a "brick" (non-data reporting CPAP) from the Durable Medical Equipment Supplier (DME) is that the DME is getting richer by convincing you to accept a low-end CPAP machine. They get a flat fee generally speaking, no matter what machine they give you - so it's in their best financial interests to hand you a low-end, dumb brick rather than a data-reporting machine.
Go out there and insist upon getting what you paid for.