For context, here in Saskatchewan, Canada, there is a government program that provides me with a ResMed S9 Elite for as long as I reside in SK; however, I have to purchase my own: mask, tubing, supplies, and humidifier. When I leave the province (I have to leave in 1-2 years), I'll have to buy my own machine.
I currently have employer health insurance which covers up to $1000 in CPAP equipment or supplies lifetime that I would like to take advantage of.
So, my situation is this... should I:
A) buy a h5i humidifier ($360 CAD local or $250 shipped online) now... and get a complete new system in a year or two when I leave.
B) Or should I just go ahead now and buy my own complete AutoCPAP + Humidifier right now?
In both cases I can use my insurance coverage to offset the total cost...
In A), the total cost is higher, a good chunk of that $1000 coverage is gone. However I am sure to get the latest machine at the time I leave.
In B), the total cost is lower, but I run the risk of there being a newer/better machine coming out before I leave.
After I leave, I don't believe I'll have health insurance coverage from any employer for a while.. so buying a complete setup [/b] I do understand that a newer better machine doesn't make my machine worse but I would like to buy the newest technology if it there is a big jump in tech or decrease in size.
How long are the release cycles for cpap machines? I know the dreamstation has been released for <1year and the Resmed s10(?) has been out since 2014.
What tends to change from one version to another?
Is there a big new shiny piece of technology that is on the verge of being released? For example, the latest generation takes advantage of GSM and wifi reporting.
I've searched online for information that could help me make this decision but I haven't found anything. Hopefully you very experienced gentlepeople can help fill me in?