When treating sleep apnea, often a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine may be one of your best options.
However, not all insurance policies cover them in full, and they can be quite costly.
That’s why we’ve compiled some great tips to keep in mind when investing in a CPAP machine.
Insurance vs. Out of Pocket
While some insurance policies may cover a CPAP machine, at times it may cost less to buy it yourself. This depends on your policy, deductible, and several other factors. You should definitely make sure you shop around before committing to making a purchase, regardless.
Having supplies auto-shipped may also count against your deductible and it may cost less to simply buy them online.
Alternatively, renting may be an option for you, especially with some PPO policies. Several CPAP machine dealers offer 3, 10, and 13-month rentals. Others also offer 35-day trial period rentals.
The Problem with Used Machines
It may be tempting to buy a used one, but that comes with its own set of risks. CPAP machines require diligent upkeep with frequent cleanings. With a used machine, you can’t be sure of how well it’s been maintained or what germs it may harbor.
Additionally, a used machine might have outdated software, or it may not have a warranty or even still-attainable replacement parts.
Besides, these machines aren’t exactly one-size-fits-all devices. In short, it’s ill-advised to purchase a used machine unless it is professionally sanitized and fully refurbished.
Maintaining Your CPAP
Routine maintenance is an important part of making your CPAP machine last. Mask wipes and sprays are a good way to inexpensively maintain the hygiene of your mask. For the tube, you can get a cleaning brush that can be used with a tube cleaning system. Also, don’t forget to wipe down the inside of your humidifier as well.
Daily upkeep can mean replacing your accessories less often, which can also save you money.
Financial Assistance is Available
If you need but are not able to afford a CPAP machine, there are financial assistance programs. The American Sleep Apnea Association, for example, has a CPAP assistance program to which you can apply.
You’ll simply need to fill out an application and include your CPAP prescription.
Do you have any great tips regarding purchasing or upkeep of a CPAP machine? Perhaps you have some suggestions that could help other folks suffering from sleep apnea. Please feel free to scroll down and let us know in the comments below.