If you are worried about the cost of getting tested and treated for sleep apnea, we’ve got great news. You can feel safe trusting home testing of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as it saves you money without having a negative impact on your clinical outcome, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference.
As the first study to explore the cost effectiveness of home testing followed by the initiation in of CPAP therapy, 296 volunteers were examined, with 113 of them beginning their is CPAP therapy at home, while 110 started their journey in a laboratory.
While there were no significant differences in the Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire, which each participant took to determine their quality of life based on the sleep disorder and treatment, the real difference came in cost.
Categorized as sleep-related, laboratory, pharmaceutical, hospital and other costs, the financial costs were recorded for almost 3 years. The cost of home testing was significantly lower at $4,057, compared to the cost of lab testing at $4,621.
The results of the study confirmed that home testing and initial treatment for sleep apnea is a great way to save money without compromising the quality of getting your sleep disorder treated. If you have sleep apnea, speak with a licensed physician or sleep specialist to get started on becoming a healthier you!