Hi, I have a Resmed S9 machine that is one year old. I have begun to get my healthcare from the VA due to the cost of Medicare; it's a money thing. Previously I had Medicare and have been using a CPAP for 15 years.
Is it possible to buy supplies online to save money? The VA sleep disorders clinic is 1 1/2 hours drive away and they tell me I need a new over-night sleep study to be recognized as being part of their group. I asked if they could get me supplies but they never answer that question.
Hope someone out there knows what I'm talk'in about, Dave
You can buy many supplies online. However, a complete mask requires a prescription under US law.
I believe no Rx is needed for filters, hoses, water tanks?, mask cushions, mask headstrap.
(Note: the board frowns upon anyone suggesting getting an Rx item without an Rx.)
What? The VA couldn't/wouldn't give you an answer; why am I not surprised.
I buy my filters online. My DME gives me some cheapo-crapola filters -- I get a good deal on the real brand name filters.
You might ask Retired_Guy for advice. He's in Oregon; and uses the VA. Although he likely gets his supplies through the VA.
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Can you get a copy of your pre-va prescription? And/or request your records from your previous doctor be sent to the VA? I don't think they can or should insist on a new sleep study with that information. Send a blast-o-gram to your PCP and ask for their help. (are you using the on-line "My HealtheVet" program?" Best way ever to communicate with the VA.)
But, with a copy of your prescription you can certainly order your supplies on-line. Even without a prescription you can order supplies on-line. You have to order the mask headware separate from the mask itself and put it together yourself. That's how the suppliers are getting around the stupid law.