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Can't Afford BiPap Machine...Need ideas

Postby KristinLynn » Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:36 am

Hello all!

I was diagnosed with OSA about 9 months ago. I was actually pretty excited only because the BEST sleep I had in YEARS was when I was hooked up at my sleep study.

SADLY though, I have not been able to save the money to afford my machine. I have insurance, but I have not met my $2000 deductible and I am told, will not cover any of the machine until it's met. :(

I can rent through a local company for 150 a month, or buy it outright for 600, but if I had $150 a month to spare, I could have been saving that by now and met my deductible!

I am desperate. I don't know what to do. I have been getting NO sleep at night, I have to sleep sitting straight up in bed. This is taking a toll on my back and legs.

Are there any resources out there that help people to get their machines?? Companies that will put you on a reasonable payment plan??

Thank you SO much!

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Postby Linda » Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:44 pm

Hi Kristin,

Consider looking online. You could search different sites using froogle.com which is a division of google.
Your machine is a bilevel (called BiPap by Respironics), which is made by more than one manufacturer.
It's still expensive, but it's always worth a look.

Getting a machine locally has some advantages. But check around, talk to several DMEs (medical equipment providers), if you have several in your area. The costs may be the similar but maybe one of them could offer you a better payment plan.

You could check to see if there's a local AWAKE support group in your area that could give some pointers. You can find a list at the main site of the ASAA, www.sleepapnea.org.
Maybe you could get some family to help you with the cost. Afterall, it's your health and they may be happy to help.



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Postby CrohnieToo » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:21 pm

A bi-level PAP that can be purchased thru a local DME supplier for $600 is one heck of a good price!!!! Almost too good! Is it used? What brand and model?? I wouldn't be afraid of a lightly used model. The total hours usage usually can NOT be changed on most brands and models. What type of guarantee, for how long, would come w/it?

Are you SURE it is a BI-LEVEL PAP??? $600 for a bi-level from a local DME supplier is just hard to believe.
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Postby Scooby1959 » Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:15 pm

Hi!

You may want to contact your sleep lab or sleep labs in your area somtimes they will recieve used equipt. I had to wait 1 month to get mine. I had no insurance and got mine for free. Sometimes your lab or dr can get one donated to you by a home health agency


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Postby RAM_Sleep » Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:45 pm

Maybe she is referring to a CPAP machine.

To the OP, is it a must that you have a BiPap machine?
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Postby truckerdad57 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:14 pm

google or check Awake in America..

If I remember the groups name correctly they are a non-profit dedicated to providing CPAP machines to persons not able to afford the equipment.

They accept the donation of used equipment and have it refurbished.

Also.. contact the ASAA office. I have heard at times members will donate used equimemt.
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