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Renting vs Buying CPAP
When I went in to get my machine, I thought I was buying it, based on the price. I skimmed the paperwork I had to sign, but I admit, I didn't read it as closely as I should have. Friday I got a letter from my insurance company saying my rental of the machine was approved. I have a high deductible plan, so this means nothing, they still don't pay a dime until I've met it, and I may after this thing, but not until. I was confused by the rental bit of it so I looked over my paperwork again and sure enough, it says I'm renting the machine. Did I really just Oh-jeez myself here? The rental is for 10 months.
10-21-2013 07:36 AM
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RE: Renting vs Buying CPAP
Most insurance companies require new patients to "rent" their first machines for a couple of months, in order to ascertain whether the users will be compliant with the therapy. After a specified period, the insurance company should pay for the purchase of the machine.

You may want to contact your insurance company and ask about the rental provisions versus purchasing the machine.


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10-21-2013 08:47 AM
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RE: Renting vs Buying CPAP
If your out of pocket for "renting" the machine is high, consider just buying one outright. There's some pros and cons to this.

The pros is, of course, related to cost. One, your up front cost is done and over with. Supplier #2 has "gently used" and open box machines for excellent prices. Quite often the price you have to pay for the rent is equal greater than the cost of one of their machines.

The cons are mixed. One is the cost is up front vs spread out over several months. Then there's the cost of supplies. Will your insurance company pay for supplies for a machine they did not "buy"? Machine supplies are limited to filters, humidifier tubs, and hoses.

Insurance companies are all about compliance. They don't want to buy you a machine you aren't going to use. They want to rent one then gather your compliance data.

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INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
10-21-2013 02:08 PM
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RE: Renting vs Buying CPAP
As you probably noticed, the 10 month rental is more than twice the cost of buying the machine outright. When I needed a new machine, my doctor wrote me a prescription and the DME claimed I would again be required to sign up for the 10 month rental. Since my deductible is also high, it was cheaper for me to buy it over the Internet, so that is what I did.
10-21-2013 04:41 PM
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(10-21-2013 04:41 PM)terp1984 Wrote:  As you probably noticed, the 10 month rental is more than twice the cost of buying the machine outright. When I needed a new machine, my doctor wrote me a prescription and the DME claimed I would again be required to sign up for the 10 month rental. Since my deductible is also high, it was cheaper for me to buy it over the Internet, so that is what I did.

Yes! Exactly.
10-21-2013 05:11 PM
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RE: Renting vs Buying CPAP
In the 13 months that Medicare "rented" my S9 Escape, they could have bought me about 3 Autosets. And yes, I have written my congress folk about this several times.

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10-21-2013 05:14 PM
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RE: Renting vs Buying CPAP
(10-21-2013 05:14 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote:  In the 13 months that Medicare "rented" my S9 Escape, they could have bought me about 3 Autosets. And yes, I have written my congress folk about this several times.

yep, my insurance company is renting my cpap machine at $59.30 per month not including the hose, chamber, filters, mask, cushion and headgear. They didn't care about compliance according to my insurance company but the DME checked it for 30 days. My DME has no idea how often I can get supplies and that is just sad
10-21-2013 07:21 PM
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RE: Renting vs Buying CPAP
"Rental" is often "Rent to own" for CPAP.

However, your situation may be different.

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10-23-2013 09:16 PM
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RE: Renting vs Buying CPAP
I pay enough every month to my health insurance provider. If they want to rent the machine for the rest of my life, replacing it every 5 years, have at it!! I really wouldn't worry about it as long as your being treated.

Im under the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan and can change providers every year....which I do often, based upon their annual price increases. In the past 10 years, I haven't got a request to send anything back.
10-23-2013 10:36 PM
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RE: Renting vs Buying CPAP
Well the thing is, I haven't met my deductible yet, so the insurance ISN'T paying for it, I am.

I asked the DME when I went back for a mask re-fit on Monday and they confirmed that I am renting, and it's because of insurance. The claim showed up on the online system of my insurance company but for some reason doesn't show the machine. I don't know if that's a seperate claim or what.
10-24-2013 07:28 AM
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