12-30-2013, 06:19 AM
(This post was last modified: 12-30-2013, 06:20 AM by DOOM_NX.)
I have no clue how the healthcare system of Australia works, but can you get your doctor to prescribe you an Auto-CPAP?
Here in Greece, the public health insurance returns 75% of the price we paid for the machine. AutoSet costs 1050 EUR, so we really pay 262.5 EUR in the end. The S9 Escape retails for 850 EUR; that's 200 EUR (310 AUD) lower than the AutoSet. I believe the S9 Elite has an even smaller price difference.
The S9 Elite is way better than the Escape (or nothing), but if there's any chance you can get the AutoSet for free, please do whatever it takes.
Of course, the most important thing is to start therapy so you can finally feel alive and energized again. I just hope you don't suffer from narcolepsy as the previews posters mentioned...
The Doctor will be prescribing the Elite S9 for the Government to pass on to me. Unfortunately the Government do not give us the top of the range models, they give us mid range and they do not let us add the money to buy the better machine. If they did I would most definitely be purchasing the Auto.
You obviously have a better system in Greece.
I am quite sure I do not suffer from narcolepsy so will keep on biding my time as I have been, and as you say it won't be long until I am feeling alive and energised again. Bring it on!
Hmmm... The thing is out of the CPAP machines, the S9 Elite would be considered hi-end and the S9 Escape lower range. The S9 AutoSet is a completely different type of machine. As is the case with bilevel or ASV machines... Unless the government specifically rules out the AutoSet or Auto-CPAPs in general, I would think that your doctor can prescribe the AutoSet. You should make sure before you settle for the Elite.