Doctors Answers (5)
Call around your sleep centers. Also check with a University sleep clinic in your area.
There are rare settings for a person with no funding to participate in a sleep study. I would recommend checking with medical schools as there may be training programs where a person may qualify for a sleep study. This will generally depend on which sleep issues need to be addressed. This can range from sleep apnea and narcolepsy to Periodic Limb Movement Disorder and non-restorative sleep. You would first need to be evaluated by a person trained in sleep disorders.
Yes there are. Most labs will work with people and figure out a solution for cash paying patients. Also a home version of a sleep study which is not as extensive but cheaper can be ordered.
If you not covered by an insurance plan then a home sleep diagnostic test followed by a home titration would be the most effective and easiest way to get treatment. CPAP rental from a DME company would then follow.
Yes. There are opportunities for patients without insurance to obtain a sleep study. Most sleep disorders centers accept patients who pay out-of-pocket. Many are willing to establish payment plans that are tailored to each individual patient's needs. In cases of extreme financial hardship, some doctors will negotiate their fees or even provide pro bono services. Another way to obtain a sleep study is to participate in a clinical trial. These trials sometimes include diagnostic polysomnography, they may even include treatment with an investigational drug or device. Depending on the type of study, the doctor may be able to share the results of the sleep study with the patient, as well as the patient's primary care doctor.