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.
Here are the steps you need to take before you buy CPAP therapy equipment:
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 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 $1,600 and $2,800. The price depends on many factors:
Bi-level pressure units (BPAP) are a different type of therapy equipment with different prices than CPAP therapy equipment. Many people who need BPAP therapy can get government funding to help pay for the equipment. Talk to your healthcare team about your options to pay for BPAP therapy equipment if you need it.
You can buy CPAP therapy equipment from a provider in your area or online. It's important to understand the differences to decide which option is best for you.
Local CPAP providers
If you are new to CPAP therapy, it's best to rent or buy CPAP therapy equipment from a local CPAP provider that does the following:
Online CPAP providers
Here's what you need to do if you choose to buy CPAP therapy equipment online:
Ask an online company questions such as these:
Using second-hand equipment
You should only use CPAP therapy if you have a prescription from your doctor.
Second-hand CPAP therapy equipment may save money, but if you don't have support for using it, it may not work or work as well for you. And it can be hard to know if a second-hand machine works well and if there is still warranty on it.
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.
Before using second-hand CPAP therapy equipment, make sure it's clean and works as it should. It's a good idea to have the equipment cleaned and inspected 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. Children should not use auto-adjustable pressure CPAP equipment.
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. CPAP therapy and follow-up care for children are different than for adults.
Current as of: August 8, 2022
Author: Respiratory Health Section, Medicine SCN, AHS
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