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Old 10-02-2015, 10:32 PM   #16
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Hi all,
I highly recommend the Philips Respironics System One Auto CPAP Machine.

You would not need to adjust the pressure plus, there is an option to add a humidifier which work wonders for me as I used to wake up with a dry mouth and start coughing.
Not any more.
Really easy to use and whenever I do my visit to the doctor, just bring the memory card along.

Highly recommend this set. Have a pleasant night sleep ahead.
oh forgot to add that I have one set for sale.
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:12 PM   #17
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Any alternatives besides xxxxxxxx?

Don't like xxxxxx cos they only carry 1 brand and it will "discontinued". Can't even service the spoilt parts. Kinda fishy to me. Then persuade you to buy another "newer better (but not cheaper)" brand


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APOLOGIES! MISTOOK WITH ANOTHER COMPANY!

actually its for my dad. he was using resmed but somehow the agent got changed along the way and now he got an agent that is working with another company. not convenient to say out their company but the service really sucks.

from the reviews here, maybe i will ask him to try resmed back. how about those websites like CPAP.COM.SG - Singapore CPAP Machines and Masks for OSA Therapy

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Old 11-02-2015, 06:46 PM   #18
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Any alternatives besides RESMED?

Don't like RESMED cos they only carry 1 brand and it will "discontinued". Can't even service the spoilt parts. Kinda fishy to me. Then persuade you to buy another "newer better (but not cheaper)" brand
There are many, many brands. ResMed is just one of many; take a quick look here for some good value models, or a site like this will easily overwhelm you with options.

However, I think your fear of the models being discontinued is unfounded.

I am using a Resmed S9, and it's almost 3 years old now. No issues thus far, and I only have to change a new filter regularly (aside from the usual like masks and tubes)

The latest and greatest is the S10 series, which I believe was released in Q3 last year. Both the S8 (2 generations ago) and S7 (3 generations ago) are still popular units that you can get parts for, and I'm sure if you have issues your provider should be able to help you to service it if you had one. They are rather popular units, and you can still pick up a new S8 AutoSet II new today (~USD380), which is pretty good value too - price is not the only good reason to pick up an older model, the S8 is one of the more compact units, and often recommended for those who need to travel often.

The clinic that you did your sleep study at, has a list of CPAP retailers in Singapore. There are quite a number of them, each carrying different brands. Ask your doctor for the list, call them up and ask about their prices, and get a general feel of their support. However, I would also recommend asking on forums like cpaptalk.com to decide what would be a good first unit. (I also recommend buying one online instead; they're significantly cheaper than buying locally...)

While you shouldn't expect a CPAP machine to continue working for the rest of your life, you don't always need the latest and greatest (although it does seem it could be nice to have), and I would think you can expect quite a few years of service from your machine.

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Old 11-02-2015, 09:27 PM   #19
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Sorry to hijack this post, but I have a Respironic System One Series 60 CPAP + Humidifier set with some goodies for sale.

For all interested parties, do PM me.
Only 1 set left.

Thanks!
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:31 PM   #20
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I agree with dreant.
These machines can last. The newer ones are features that unless you use them, the current ones work just fine.
I know some friends who set the pressure instead of using the auto function as the doctor has suggested a specific pressure.
Therefore I think it all depends on the individual.
As long as you have a good night sleep, it works!
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:53 PM   #21
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There are many, many brands. ResMed is just one of many; take a quick look here for some good value models, or a site like this will easily overwhelm you with options.

However, I think your fear of the models being discontinued is unfounded.

I am using a Resmed S9, and it's almost 3 years old now. No issues thus far, and I only have to change a new filter regularly (aside from the usual like masks and tubes)

The latest and greatest is the S10 series, which I believe was released in Q3 last year. Both the S8 (2 generations ago) and S7 (3 generations ago) are still popular units that you can get parts for, and I'm sure if you have issues your provider should be able to help you to service it if you had one. They are rather popular units, and you can still pick up a new S8 AutoSet II new today (~USD380), which is pretty good value too - price is not the only good reason to pick up an older model, the S8 is one of the more compact units, and often recommended for those who need to travel often.

The clinic that you did your sleep study at, has a list of CPAP retailers in Singapore. There are quite a number of them, each carrying different brands. Ask your doctor for the list, call them up and ask about their prices, and get a general feel of their support. However, I would also recommend asking on forums like cpaptalk.com to decide what would be a good first unit. (I also recommend buying one online instead; they're significantly cheaper than buying locally...)

While you shouldn't expect a CPAP machine to continue working for the rest of your life, you don't always need the latest and greatest (although it does seem it could be nice to have), and I would think you can expect quite a few years of service from your machine.
APOLOGIES! MISTOOK WITH ANOTHER COMPANY!

actually its for my dad. he was using resmed but somehow the agent got changed along the way and now he got an agent that is working with another company. not convenient to say out their company but the service really sucks.

from the reviews here, maybe i will ask him to try resmed back. how about those websites like CPAP.COM.SG - Singapore CPAP Machines and Masks for OSA Therapy
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Old 12-02-2015, 02:00 AM   #22
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APOLOGIES! MISTOOK WITH ANOTHER COMPANY!

actually its for my dad. he was using resmed but somehow the agent got changed along the way and now he got an agent that is working with another company. not convenient to say out their company but the service really sucks.

from the reviews here, maybe i will ask him to try resmed back. how about those websites like CPAP.COM.SG - Singapore CPAP Machines and Masks for OSA Therapy
If your dad already has a CPAP machine, then just continue using it. If you can tell us the brand and make that he has, someone can probably tell you where to find replacement filters, and whatever else he needs to keep on using it. There isn't much of a need to rely on his 'agent'.

If he doesn't have a machine yet, then have his doctor recommend one. They usually prefer one that is capable of data recording, that they support, so they check on his compliance.

I like my ResMed, as it is supported by the open source project SleepyHead. You can find a list of machines that it supports here. It will allow you to see your own data, and figure out how well your unit is helping you.
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Old 07-03-2015, 02:03 PM   #23
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Hi, anyone went for the test before? How much is the cost for the test?

I think i am suffering from sleeping disorder, my partner says i snore loudly throughout the nite.
And also feels very tired during the day, like didnt have enough of sleep.

I just join R**m** not long, so was thinking why not go for a checkup. If really got sleep apnea, at least dont have to pay for the test and the CPAP. It also helps improve my daily life.
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Old 08-03-2015, 10:00 AM   #24
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Hi, anyone went for the test before? How much is the cost for the test?

I think i am suffering from sleeping disorder, my partner says i snore loudly throughout the nite.
And also feels very tired during the day, like didnt have enough of sleep.

I just join R**m** not long, so was thinking why not go for a checkup. If really got sleep apnea, at least dont have to pay for the test and the CPAP. It also helps improve my daily life.
When I did my sleep study at SGH 2012, it was $450 by medisave. I'm not sure if I had to pay anything in cash, or if I did, it wasn't a very large amount. You can get a referral though the doctor from an outpatient clinic.

More importantly to ask your partner are there episodes where you stop breathing totally (like you're holding your breath). If so, you have sleep apnea, and will certainly benefit from a CPAP. I don't snore at all with my CPAP machine.

If you're overweight, the first advice is always to lose weight first. This does help very considerably.

CPAP machines are prescription medical devices. You *must* have a doctor's prescription to buy one. I'm not sure if you would be allowed to buy one without a prescription, even if you worked for them - I would think you shouldn't be due to compliance reasons. It's not unlike a sleeping pill manufacturer selling pills unprescribed to their staff.

I would think you could get it at a better price - I'm not sure if you could convince a doctor to write you a prescription for one without a study done.

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Old 09-03-2015, 09:04 AM   #25
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If your dad already has a CPAP machine, then just continue using it. If you can tell us the brand and make that he has, someone can probably tell you where to find replacement filters, and whatever else he needs to keep on using it. There isn't much of a need to rely on his 'agent'.

If he doesn't have a machine yet, then have his doctor recommend one. They usually prefer one that is capable of data recording, that they support, so they check on his compliance.

I like my ResMed, as it is supported by the open source project SleepyHead. You can find a list of machines that it supports here. It will allow you to see your own data, and figure out how well your unit is helping you.

Sent the machine for repair. They cant even be bothered to update us on repair costs. Have to keep chasing them. When finally got them, they say they very busy. Will let us know. Then no sound from them again.
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When I did my sleep study at SGH 2012, it was $450 by medisave. I'm not sure if I had to pay anything in cash, or if I did, it wasn't a very large amount. You can get a referral though the doctor from an outpatient clinic.

More importantly to ask your partner are there episodes where you stop breathing totally (like you're holding your breath). If so, you have sleep apnea, and will certainly benefit from a CPAP. I don't snore at all with my CPAP machine.

If you're overweight, the first advice is always to lose weight first. This does help very considerably.

CPAP machines are prescription medical devices. You *must* have a doctor's prescription to buy one. I'm not sure if you would be allowed to buy one without a prescription, even if you worked for them - I would think you shouldn't be due to compliance reasons. It's not unlike a sleeping pill manufacturer selling pills unprescribed to their staff.

I would think you could get it at a better price - I'm not sure if you could convince a doctor to write you a prescription for one without a study done.
yes i am going to for a checkup, to have a thorough check. Not just becos it is free. They only provide free for employee with sleep apea n certified by doctor.

Didnt know i always snore loudly until my wife cannot tahan, woke up from the noise den tell me better go n hav a check.

didnt know that he checkup can be paid by medisave.

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Sent the machine for repair. They cant even be bothered to update us on repair costs. Have to keep chasing them. When finally got them, they say they very busy. Will let us know. Then no sound from them again.
Because the CPAP is a medical device, I would ask if they can loan me a unit in the meantime, or arrange to rent me one for a reasonable price. This is usually a good way for a company to upsell the current model to owners of a previous unit.

I would also follow up with resmed directly if this is an authorized distributor/repair center. You didn't indicate in your posts just how long it has been, so it's hard to put it into perspective. Has it been 3 days? Weeks? Months?

Also, how was your unit requiring repair? It could be possible that it's time to get a new one if it's several years old already. Which exact model do you have? If you feel the service is terrible,consider buying a different brand unit instead.
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My dad uses it. He has snoring problem. Helped me alot..
The parts can be bought online too. They cost cheaper in the US
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Old 16-03-2015, 02:53 PM   #29
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Hi,

Is there a need to go for an official OSA test in a healthcare institution in order to get the relevant paper(s) / documentation to buy a CPAP machine?

What is the cheapest way to do so? Is it cheaper to get referred to by a Polyclinic or private clinic to SGH or NDC Sleep Disorder Unit?

What are the prices are we looking at, and did someone mention that the fees can be offset by Medisave?

Do you think OSA costs can be covered by insurance?

Sorry for the multiple questions asked.
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Old 17-03-2015, 05:53 PM   #30
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Hi,

Is there a need to go for an official OSA test in a healthcare institution in order to get the relevant paper(s) / documentation to buy a CPAP machine?

What is the cheapest way to do so? Is it cheaper to get referred to by a Polyclinic or private clinic to SGH or NDC Sleep Disorder Unit?

What are the prices are we looking at, and did someone mention that the fees can be offset by Medisave?

Do you think OSA costs can be covered by insurance?

Sorry for the multiple questions asked.
a) A CPAP machine is a medical device, and you need a prescription from a doctor to buy one. I'm not sure what are the requirements before a doctor can write you one however.

b) Probably starts off with a referral from a polyclinic. It may not be necessary to do the sleep study in the hospital. I'm to understand there are private companies that can do it in your own home instead (and it costs less than doing it in the hospital).

Ask your doctor (the specialist who is requesting for the sleep study) what your options are - they only mentioned this to me once when I was unable to get a slot for a follow up sleep study at the sleep disorders clinic (and had to travel for an extended period of time); but before I could schedule it, a slot opened up as someone cancelled.

c) Costs vary. But if you have OSA, you'll want to get it treated. My initial sleep study was paid (or partially paid?) via medisave.

Wikipedia: OSA, prognosis
Without treatment, the sleep deprivation and lack of oxygen caused by sleep apnea increases health risks such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, clinical depression, weight gain and obesity.

The most serious consequence of untreated OSA is to the heart. Persons with sleep apnea have a 30% higher risk of heart attack or death than those unaffected. In severe and prolonged cases, increased in pulmonary pressures are transmitted to the right side of the heart. This can result in a severe form of congestive heart failure known as cor pulmonale. Dyastolic function of the heart also becomes affected. One prospective study showed patients with OSA, compared with healthy controls, initially had statistically significant increases in vascular endothelial growth factor (P=.003) and significantly lower levels of nitrite-nitrate (P=.008), which might be pathogenic factors in the cardiovascular complications of OSA. These factors reversed to normal levels after 12 weeks of treatment by CPAP, but further long-term trials are needed to assess the impact of this therapy.

Elevated arterial pressure (i.e., hypertension) can be a consequence of OSA syndrome. When hypertension is caused by OSA, it is distinctive in that, unlike most cases (so-called essential hypertension), the readings do not drop significantly when the individual is sleeping. Stroke is also known to be associated with OSA.


d) It depends on your insurance policy. Check the fine print carefully, or consult with your agent.

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