Update - January 2018
The provincial government has further announced a change to it's CPAP policy which will go into effect on February 1st. New details here.
Update - September 2017
The provincial government has just announced a change in its decision to end the free loan of CPAP equipment. CPAP equipment will instead be available for loan at a discounted rate through the Government of Saskatchewan.
From the Government of Saskatchewan Information Bulletin, September 29, 2017:
Effective October 1, 2017: Patients will have access to the loan of a CPAP machine through the Saskatchewan Aids to Independent Living (SAIL) Respiratory Equipment Program for a program fee of $275. The loan of a CPAP machine will include repairs as needed during the useful life of the machine.
Individuals with coverage under Supplementary Health Benefits and Family Health Benefits will continue to have access to the free loan and maintenance of CPAP machines and full coverage of related supplies, such as mask, headgear, tubing, and filters.
For more information contact the SAIL, Respiratory Equipment Program at 306-787-7121 or 1-888-787-8996.1
The Lung Association, Saskatchewan applauds the Government of Saskatchewan for recognising the serious nature of sleep apnea and for re-thinking the proposed change to end the free loan program of Continuous Positive Air Pressure equipment. It is good news to hear of this compromise solution that will allow access and support for those who need treatment for this serious sleep disorder.
The Lung Association, Saskatchewan is here to make breathing easier for everyone and will continue to support those living with sleep apnea and their families so please contact us at 1-888-566-5864 if anyone needs help or has questions.
- Respiratory Equipment Program Updates - CPAP. Extended Health Benefits Information Bulletin September 29, 2017.