Health Funds and Other Rebates for PAP Machines
Health Funds: Many health funds provide a rebate for PAP machines, and some for masks or other accessories. Please contact your health fund for more details.
State Government: Unfortunately, there is no support in some states and only minimal in others. Some states may however offer an electricity rebate for running CPAP, BiPAP or VPAP machines. As the rules vary in each state and are subject to change you will need to contact your state government health department for more details. Your doctor and/or PAP supplier should also be able to help with this information.
Federal Government: At present, there is no federal government assistance (eg: Medicare) to cover the costs of PAP therapy. The only Federal government assistance currently available is the Essential Medical Equipment Payment (EMEP). The EMEP is an annual payment from the Federal Government to people, or their carers, who experience additional energy costs from the use of eligible essential medical equipment. Conditions apply, for more information check out the Australian Government Human Services website: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/essential-medical-equipment-payment
NDIS: If you qualify for NDIS you may be able to use this assistance to cover the cost of PAP therapy. Speak to your NDIS service provider. You can also find information on Disability related health supports page on NDIS website https://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/supports-funded-ndis/disability-related-health-supports
CPAP machines are expensive and unfortunately, this is one of the reasons people with sleep apnea do not use them.
Did you know there is a No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) that provides individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit for essential goods and services such as fridges, washing machines as well as medical procedures and medical appliances such as CPAP/APAP machines?
Go to the NILS website to find your nearest NILS provider https://nils.com.au/