I'm from Australia and the private health insurance I have does not cover these sorts of things.
The $100/month was for provent which are things that stick to your nose and replace each night.
I will try to get a copy of the latest sleep report. I have a copy of the first one sleep test.
Is there such thing as overkill with machine's? This might be a hard questions to answer without knowing full details but should I be looking at a apap or will cpap work fine?
Hi Dr Marshall,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Consider getting an AutoPap machine because that way, you could either use it in straight CPAP (fixed pressure) mode, or put a range of pressures, for example 7/20CM H2O,in it, thus using it in APAP mode.
Hang in there for more answers to your questions and I hope I didn’t confuse you too much, (Ha-Ha.)
Much success to you as you start your CPAP journey.
I have to say I don't much like the idea of Provent, and it is an ongoing expense. In your position I'd go for a machine - and get an APAP. Initially start with the machine set with minimum = 4 cm, maximum = 12 cm and see what happens. Download SleepyHead software to monitor the results in detail and see what's happening from there.
The thing with a APAP is that it effectively does a sleep study every night by automatically adjusting to your needs, which can vary through the night and over time. A constant pressure CPAP requires a lot of manual intervention to home in on the appropriate pressure.
It constantly riles me to see the way the populists / marketers are driving the health funds here. They'll pay for homeopathy (which is certifiable crap) but won't pay a reasonable amount for a CPAP machine which may well head off chronic illnesses in future. It also riles me that you can get a Resmed machine in the States for half the price here. I suggest you check out the suppliers list (link at the top of the page) and look at buying a machine there. Suppliers 1, 2 and 10 will sell to Australia, as far as I am aware. Supplier 1 requires a prescription but (I believe) the others don't. Your doc won't be able to use a standard PBS prescription form but can provide a letter to take the place of the prescription.
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