Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (also called OSA or sleep apnea). This information will help you understand your options before you buy your own CPAP therapy equipment.
Before you buy CPAP therapy equipment, you:
You can buy or rent CPAP therapy equipment. The price of CPAP therapy equipment is different depending on the type of equipment and if you need extra parts (accessories) or CPAP-related services.
At this time, Alberta Health doesn’t cover the cost of CPAP therapy equipment and accessories.
If you have health insurance, CPAP therapy equipment and accessories may be covered like other health services. The following programs may also cover the cost of CPAP therapy equipment:
Ask a CPAP provider in your area if they offer payment options or payment plans.
In Canada, CPAP therapy equipment and accessories cost between $1600 and $2800. The price depends on:
Bi-level pressure units (BPAP) are a different type of therapy equipment. This type of equipment has different prices than CPAP therapy equipment. Many patients who need BPAP therapy can get government funding to help pay for the cost of the equipment. Talk to your healthcare team about your options to pay for BPAP therapy equipment if you need this type of treatment.
You can buy CPAP therapy equipment from a provider in your area or online. It’s important to understand the differences between buying from a store or online, to decide which option is best for you.
If you are new to CPAP therapy, it’s best to rent or buy CPAP therapy equipment from a local CPAP provider that:
Look for a provider who offers follow-up to see how well your therapy and the equipment are working.
If you choose to buy CPAP therapy equipment online:
Ask an online company:
only use CPAP therapy if you have a prescription from your doctor. Each CPAP machine must be set for the person using it. Using a machine that is set for someone else could be harmful to your health.
Think about the following before you decide to use second-hand CPAP therapy equipment:
If you decide to use second-hand CPAP therapy equipment, it’s a good idea to have it inspected and cleaned by a CPAP provider in your area. You will need to pay for this service.
Make sure your child has fixed pressure CPAP therapy equipment. Auto-adjustable pressure CPAP equipment should not be used in children.
Make sure your child is fitted for and tests a mask for children (called a pediatric mask) instead of an adult mask.
Get help from professionals who work with children needing CPAP therapy equipment. The use of CPAP therapy in children and follow-up care is different than for adults.
Current as of: December 10, 2018
Author: Respiratory Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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