Originally Posted by Odyssey 2005
Unless you claim the dps, whereby the machine rental is 100% free as is 1 ew mask per year.!
The machine is not free, that's just an illusion. It's hugely expensive. It's free to the end user, who is not paying for it, but what the end user fails to realise, is that somebody else is paying for it, in this case, the totally incompetent and cash strapped HSE.
If people think that something is free , because it's not costing them anything directly themselves, they attach a NIL value to it. Suppose all medical card holders and DPS recipients had to pay a nominal figure, say E10 per month (ie E2.00 pw) towards the rental of the machine. They wouldn't be long about getting rid of it, if they weren't using it. And they certainly wouldn't want to be paying towards it in years 2,3 and 4. There would be a clamour to change the current system.
Which brings me on to the directly related cash crisis in the HSE, and the lack of provision of Home Helps for the elderly and people needing a bit of support in the home. If the money being wasted on the illogical rental of these CPAP machines, many of which are not being used (but that is irrelevant for the moment), were directed to supplying more Home home Help hours, then all those folk, currently being denied the service, would benefit immediately from the additional cash freed up.
By allowing the present system of unjustly enriching the CPAP suppliers to continue, for doing little or nothing, they are shooting themselves in the foot, but of course the end users cannot see it, and it's not in many peoples interest to point it out