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Best way to get your doctor to prescribe a specific machine?

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Mondayz +0 points · about 5 years ago Original Poster

I’ve done a ton of research and after speaking with some on this board it seems that the ResMed AirSense 10 for her is the clear choice as far as CPAP machines go.

So my question is this...

How can I make sure this is the machine I get? I’m in the US if that matters. Does my Doctor need to specifically write that machine down? Will I be able to choose even if he doesn’t ? Do most insurances approve a cheaper one and force you to pay the difference ?

Any tips hints or information is appreciated . My doctor is foreign, and no offense, but I feel like it’s going to be a struggle convincing him To write a script for a female version of a specific machine .

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Sierra +0 points · about 5 years ago Sleep Patron

First I would suggest you do your research on the pricing of various machines. The last time I looked the ResMed fixed pressure Elite machine is only about $80 cheaper than the Automatic AutoSet machine. And the For Her version is priced the same as the standard one. The For Her version gives you an extra mode, that you might find works or not, but it is at no extra cost. The DreamStation machines are a bit cheaper, but not a lot. I don't think it is bad if it comes down to paying the extra.

Many insurance companies will prefer the Automatic machines over the fixed pressure CPAP machines. The reason is that you can go straight from a diagnosis of apnea to using a machine without an overnight titration test -- which probably costs more money than the price of the whole machine.

And assuming you can talk to your insurance company you can feel them out ahead of time. If they say yes to an automatic machine with it saving money you can tell your doctor that they are ok with it.

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