BayToday: In Canada, Rob McKay, RRT, is raising the alarm about impending government subsidy cuts to sleep apnea devices.

The government says it is trying to save money, but McKay says that will come at the expense of patients who will have to pay extra for services now included with the cost of the PAP device.

“In the end, it’s going to cost Ontarians more money to get one of these devices because they will end up paying the costs that we need to cover, like wages.”

On most machines, the government cut is 36 per cent, but on some, that rises to almost 50 per cent. Presently the government lists a device at $860, but that will drop to $550.