Priority 2 from the Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Saskatchewan,Canada) PSP

UNCERTAINTY: How can treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) be more affordable? (JLA PSP Priority 2)
Overall ranking 2
JLA question ID 0118/2
Explanatory note Untreated obstructive sleep apnea can lead to serious health problems and lead to higher utilization of health care  The costs of equipment can be a barrier to patients with limited incomes, particularly where insurance coverage is unavailable or insufficient. There is a wide variability in insurance coverage for OSA treatment between jurisdictions. 

Jonas DE, Amick HR, Feltner C, Weber RP, Arvanitis M, Stine A, Lux L, Harris RP. Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults: Evidence Report andSystematic Review for the US  Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2017 Jan 24;317(4):415-433. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.19635. Erratum in: JAMA. 2017 Mar 28;317(12 ):1278. PMID: 28118460.

Health Research Classification System category Respiratory
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples How can treatment be made more affordable? ~ How do you get a different type of face mask when you don’t want to pay the outrageous price from the sleep apnea centre? ~  Any cheaper alternatives to CPAP/BIPAP (extremely costly - especially when having to go through several masks)?
Submitted by  Patients
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0118
PSP name Obstructive Sleep Apnea PSP
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 39  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 28 January 2021