follow up on the Cpap

@winterose (39921)
Canada
September 27, 2012 5:01pm CST
Well in my previous discussion I was saying that Matt went to the sleep clinic and he stopped breathing 48 times. He then had to try a cpap or one of those devices to see if it would work. It did, he had the best nights sleep he has had in years. So now he needs to get one, but they cost 3,000 dollars here. His insurance will pay 70 percent which means he is still stuck to pay 900 which I think is ridiculous. He called the disability today and they say that they don't pay for those things. I am not sure what else at this point he can do to get one, other than having to pay all that money, any thoughts?
6 responses
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
28 Sep 12
I am not really sure if these exist but maybe a medical supply place rent them, perhaps you can look into that for your son... Also perhaps if you are affiliated with a church comsume some of the cost...I know churches here do those types of assistance...check that also... I hope everything will turn out fine for Matt and if all fails. $900.00 is not so bad for an item costing $3,000. if he has to get it and just pay a little until he pays it off...
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@winterose (39921)
• Canada
29 Sep 12
900 dollars is terribly that is almost 1 thousand dollars and he doesn't have that kind of money. He is only on disability but he went and got it anyhow, he never thought about asking for rentals. So we don't know if they do that here or not. Matt is my boyfriend lol
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
29 Sep 12
Sorry, i don't even know what made me think he was your son...LOL.sry...
• Netherlands
27 Sep 12
hmmmm... i dont think there is any other way. I know its still a big amount but the insurance already does pay 70%
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• United States
27 Sep 12
I'm on a loaner bipap respirator until I get my own machine. I've had my loaner for 2 months. My insurance approved mine after having two sleep studies. HIs life depends on money. Apnea weakens the heart over time. It's just too damned bad that his insurance doesn't do rentals monthly like here in the states. My nebulizer just costs me about $6 a month. I'm not sure what my respirator will cost each month. I hope it's not more than $20 a month.
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@winterose (39921)
• Canada
29 Sep 12
I wish I knew that he never asked about a rental never thought of it and now is has gone and payed for the thing.
@AmbiePam (48647)
• United States
1 Oct 12
That's nuts. You'd think of government health insurance would pay for it in the USA, where coverage is crappy anyway, Canada's healthcare would pay.
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@winterose (39921)
• Canada
2 Oct 12
Apparently it doesn't in Quebec at least, I don't know about other provinces.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
28 Sep 12
yup, i know. i hadn't used one for several years but was waking up exhausted in the morning (still feel that way but less so but i know that is from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia) so, i got sent to a sleep doctor but they had my old records (from about 10 years ago) and because i have an old one and it still worked i didn't need to get a new one this time, just a new face mask and new hose, but even the price of those are ridiculous! i think it is horrible that the government doesn't fully pay for the cpap, i mean, it is something that you need. (i actually never stopped breathing but slowed right down to almost a stop). hope you will keep us updated on this!
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@winterose (39921)
• Canada
29 Sep 12
yep I will keep you updated for sure.
• United States
28 Sep 12
Look online (respshop dot com) has cPap machines from $350 to $1,000 plus. I would check out medical supply stores too. They will sell the items needed - some require a note or prescription from the doctor...not a big deal compared to $3,000. I think my brother has just gotten one. I will find out if he did, how much and where he got it from. The shipping and handling will still be cheaper than the price he was quoted. Never heard of one that expensive before.
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@winterose (39921)
• Canada
29 Sep 12
Matt didn't wait he went out and got that expensive machine, he really irritates me at times.
• United States
27 Sep 12
Wow! My insurance pays for monthly rentals. My nebulizer costs me about $6 a month. My insurance pays 80% and also knocks off a big charge cause I am a Medicare recipient. I still have my loaner bipap machine and will be getting my new machine on Wednesday.
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@winterose (39921)
• Canada
29 Sep 12
yeah his personal insurance pays 70 percent but disability won't pay anything.