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@Fabby - that is wonderful news. QAL
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(04-23-2017, 03:44 AM)ajack Wrote: Do I really have to explain to you how our healthcare system works? Why would you be using a GP for sleep apnea? I was immediately given a referral to a private Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician. We agreed and I chose to do a home sleep study, medicare and $50 co-payment, through a sleep center. I don't have a health care card to receive a free cpap machine, but I could access free care and a Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician through my local public hospital outpatients dept. Like you, I self funded an auto cpap, I have since been back to the specialist for a review and have an appointment for a further review.

I would ask for a referral, if I were the OP or you, or has the GP offered and you declined? Generally a GP knows his limitations. A gp referral to a respiratory specialist, either private (medicare and small co-payment) or the outpatients of your public hospital is free, would be what I would do.

This takes nothing away from this forum and it has helped me a lot. It would be foolish to think it replaces a respiratory specialist. The data from the cpaps is insufficient for proper diagnostic and full ongoing care. My Father with what turned out to be PLMD, is a prime example of this.

It was my cardiologist who picked up my possible sleep apnoea. I just used my GP to get me a referral for a bulk billed sleep study. I've got an appointment next week with my GP and will ask for another sleep study and maybe through a specialist. I didn't realise that the co payment would be so small so thanks for alerting me.
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one of the other aussies here said that in some states 'snore australia' have bulk billed overnight, in-center sleep tests.
http://www.snoreaustralia.com.au/news-details.php?id=27
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(04-25-2017, 05:05 AM)ajack Wrote: one of the other aussies here said that in some states 'snore australia' have bulk billed overnight, in-center sleep tests.
http://www.snoreaustralia.com.au/news-details.php?id=27

Yes, that is what happened to me. The only caveat is that bulk billing won't let you have two procedures on the same day so your sleep study and titration study will be on different nights.
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