The topic of CPAP machines has come up a number of times with friends and family, and recently I have had cause to look into these once again.
It seems there is a lot of information available, but you could question its quality and the likelihood of being able to make a truly informed decision based thereon.
A multitude of CPAP machine brands exist, to name some:
- Fisher and Paykel
- the list goes on …
These break down into manual and automatic pressure, home, portable/travel, humidifying or not … and probably other categories/variations I’ve not stumbled across to date …
Then there is buy or rent …
Price range is enormous, with units ranging from many hundreds of dollars to many thousands of dollars - a variance factor of ten or more!
Private Health is another consideration - ‘devices’ as they are affectionately known by some can have a fixed total amount per person regardless of device, multi-year timeouts for purchasing, with the amount claimable varying quite significantly and notably in all cases I’ve looked at, only a fraction of the higher end devices cost.
Fitting services are also a factor - online vs pharmacy outlet vs ‘professional fitting’ - then other factors such as facial hair …
There is a CHOICE article on Sleep Apnoea but it is about the condition, not a machine review …
It would be very interesting and helpful to hear from others with more experience in this area
- what kind of machine you chose and why
- whether you rented before you bought
- was price a relevant indicator of performance/quality/efficacy/etc?
- your experience claiming from Private Health
- any other factors you found relevant …