(01-18-2013, 12:41 AM)SuperSleeper Wrote: Howdy snuffles, welcome to the forum!
Nothing against what you posted and it's a bit off-topic here, but I'll say it anyway, since this is a very good example of a point I try to make regularly here. [Bold emphasis in the quote is mine]
(01-18-2013, 12:12 AM)snuffles Wrote: Costs nothing to me. I sleep over using my own mask but the clinic's machine and I'm wired up like The Borg. I just blindly go along and do what they tell me knowing I'm being looked after. No charge to me for any of this.
Ah, but it does cost you. If you're an average citizen, you've been paying taxes for years for it.
This is the problem with taxpayer-funded medicine. Folks mistakenly think (understandably so) that "it's free" with "no charge". This results in a state of mind that eliminates a lot of the normal incentive to spend health care dollars in a thrifty manner, since we think "it's free".
One of the reasons we promote data-capable CPAP machines is that we know that ultimately, it would reduce health care costs, whether we're providing for our own care, or we obtain it through insurance or a government medical program. This is really what Apnea Board is all about: Patient Empowerment. (patients playing a more active and educated role in their own treatment).
The small cost of investing in a data-capable CPAP over a non-data-capable "Brick" CPAP is small compared with the future returns of both monetary savings and improved health due to properly adjusted treatment.
As always, just my personal opinions. Your mileage may vary.
I'm only allowed 7 comments in 24 hours….. REALLY.??
Good thing my mother-in-law doesn't belong to this site..
Yes off topic but I'd like the opportunity to respond:
You have a point although a very weak point... I always hear about how poor the Canadian Medical System is because it’s Government run but oddly only from Americans.
Yes we pay for it through taxes but our system is far cheaper than the US system to operate. It's more cost effective and not based on profit. Our medical, drugs, and anything medical have always been cheaper. So your belief is not totally true.
When I run my hand through a saw I don’t have to select which finger to fix because my HMO will only fix one. Here they all get fixed.
It's not perfect for sure but it's still a pretty good system. People here sometimes complain about long wait times but what they don't get is: it's a triage system. Those who are the most urgent are treated first. In this instant everything society though some hate to wait and whine and whine even though they only have a hang-nail.
I prefer to leave the CPAP needs to a professional who is educated in the field rather than trying to figure it out myself and risk doing it wrong... maybe. Although I need to ask more questions. I’d like to know more. The data collection never entered my head before but now I’m curious. So thank you all for your input. Very interesting. I'm going to pursue this.
As one of you pointed out though the proof is how you feel in the morning and I feel great. The CPAP routine has truly saved my life I think. If I didn’t have it I’d probably have had a stroke by now or killed myself falling a sleep while driving.
I’ll continue to read others experiences here and learn more.
Anyway, I installed the ResScan software, and I'm making a deal with a guy through kijiji to purchase his card reader and new card so I hope to be seeing my own results soon.
All this thanks to you all on here. I've learned a lot in only 24 hours.
Thanks to all.