Survey: Information on cost of sleep therapy needed

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

DARIEN, Ill. – Patients need better access to affordable sleep care, according to a new study from the American Alliance for Healthy Sleep.

Seventy eight percent of respondents reported that cost affects their decision to seek medical care; and 54% reported they were unaware of whether their insurance covered sleep services.

At the same time, 48% percent of respondents reported that their primary care physician never asked them about sleep.

“Millions of people in the U.S. have a sleep disorder that impairs their health, well-being, safety and performance,” said AAHS Chair Patti Van Landingham. “It is critical for people who have a sleep disorder to receive accurate health information, and they need convenient access to affordable, patient-centered medical care from knowledgeable health care professionals who understand the importance of healthy sleep.”

The survey included responses from 289 participants. Sixty-six percent were female; 43% indicated they have a diagnosed sleep disorder; and 17% of those with a sleep disorder reported being unable to afford medication or therapy.

Other findings from the survey: 75% of respondents said they have actively searched for sleep health information, but 59% reported that additional resources are needed, including more educational resources on sleep and improved education for medical professionals.

AAHS conducted the survey as part of its “Access to Information…Access to Care” awareness campaign, which seeks to establish how the organization can improve access to care.

An executive summary of the survey findings is available at www.sleepallies.org