The provincial government is adjusting its approach to sleep apnea services.
In this year's provincial budget the province announced it would only provide continuous positive airway pressure, or C-PAP - machines for low-income residents receiving Supplementary and Family Health Benefits. Health Minister Jim Reiter says the government is altering that approach so that other patients who need the machines will be able to get them at a discount made available through the government's bulk purchasing abilities. Patients won't have to pay the full $15 hundred dollar cost. Instead, moderate to severe sleep apnea patients will be able to receive the machine, on loan, at a cost of $275 for the life of the machine.