I finally decided to get a back-up CPAP so I wont be in a panic mode the next time my system wears out/breaks down. Since I have been on CPAP threapy for over 20 years I thought my Doctor would just write me a prescription that I could send to one of the on-line stores and buy. I intend to simply pay out of my own pocket for the CPAP as I am tired of dealing with DME's and the mark-up games they play and my insurance company who limits who I can obtain my sleep apnea supplies from to these same sources.
Anyways I made the mistake of observing out loud that a Auto CPAP seems to be a good way to go from all I have read.
I was surprised to say the least when he told me that he would not write me a prescription without first sending me to a pulmonologist to get an opinion on whether APAP's actually work effectively. I understand it is his medical license that is on the line when he writes a prescription, but I thought that the APAP concept was well thought of, proven, having FDA clearnace and not some experiemental flavor of the month. Perhaps I am missing something, would appreciate anyones thoughts and has anyone run into this sort of thing before?
welcome to the forum Paul
cannot help, I don,t reside in US
there is no doubt apap can works as effectively as cpap
maybe the doc does not know that apap is two machines in one and more cost effective
[for example: S9 Autoset (apap) cost $50 more than S9 Elite (cpap)]
can be used as cpap to deliver constant pressure all night or on auto to adjust the pressure during the night
02-15-2013, 06:25 PM
(This post was last modified: 02-15-2013, 06:26 PM by Paul Canaris.)
Your right, explained all of that and it did not a bit of good to change his mind. Concerned now that the Pulmonologist will want me to take another sleep study (can't stand taking those things) and wont simply give me a sign-off on the APAP. Thats what attracted me to the APAP in the first place is that it seems to avoid the need for regular sleep studies. Well I guess I'll see what happens.