01-01-2013, 05:29 AM
(This post was last modified: 01-01-2013, 05:32 AM by Moriarty.)
There are some subsidies offered in various Australian States to low income households for medical equipment usage.
Mostly they refer to 'Life Support' equipment so it is arguable as to whether xPAP equipment will qualify in all cases.
My father was on oxygen 24/7 and the Dept of Veterans Affairs gave him a significant payment toward his power bill to help run the oxygen concentrator. (DVA Gold Card required)
Ergon Energy (Regional QLD) also had him on a list to notify for power outages and for priority return of power in the case of blackout.
Google "australian government rebate for medical electricity usage" for a good list of available rebate schemes in Australia.
The power company knowing you are on electricity dependent medical equipment isn't just to get the power to you quickly. It's also so they know who is where. But, really, it is the local police department or fire department that should know not just for power outage but for any kind of emergency.
As for CPAP being "life support", I don't think it is. Yes, it is extremely, extremely important that we use it. Yes, it is beneficial not just for good sleep, but for several body systems to properly function. But, if the power goes out, I won't immediately die. My death from not using it would be slow and probably painful but spread out over an amount of time, years instead of days or weeks. To me, life support means power is necessary for immediate survival.
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