Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic disabling sleep condition that makes you fell extremly tired and sleepy all the time, it increases your risk to have a car accident, it's afect your family dynamics because of increased symptoms of depression, memory loss, anxiety, low testosterone levels. This condition reduces your productivity at work and increases your risk to suffer high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions. Untreated sleep apnea also prevents you from losing weight. According to Forst And Sullivan, undtreated obstructive sleep apnea is an economic health burden that cost us close to 150 billion dollar every year.
Why treating obstructive sleep apnea is important?
• Untreated Sleep apnea represents a hidden health crisis, which impacts our communities, our families, quality of life, overall health status. Frost & Sullivan calculated that the annual economic burden of undiagnosed sleep apnea among U.S. adults is approximately $149.6 billion.
• The estimated costs include $86.9 billion in lost productivity, $26.2 billion in motor vehicle accidents and $6.5 billion in workplace accidents. Untreated sleep apnea also increases the risk of costly health complications such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and depression.
• The report estimates that undiagnosed sleep apnea also costs $30 billion annually in increased health care utilization and medication costs related to this comorbid health risks breakdown of the 150 billion dollars.
• Treating patients with untreated sleep apnea can save the United States close to 100 billion dollars per year.
• In addition, due to the stability and longevity of the members enrolled in their health plan, UPREHS has been able to publish two papers on the cost savings of those treated with CPAP. The studies showed that approximately $200 per member per month is realized when an individual is actively treated with CPAP30. The long-term savings could be much higher than reported if the effect of comorbidities such as diabetes and hypertension were lessened as well.
Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine is the leader in providing world-class pulmonary and sleep medicine care in Walton, Rockdale and surrounding counties since 2011. The team is lead by Michel Jeannot MD, FCCP, ABSM. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He is the president and owner of Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, and the co-Founder of HaitiLeve Inc, an organization he created to give back to his native country Haiti. Haitileve vision entails creating a system and a process capable of transforming ordinary individuals into extraordinary leaders. It is our quest that these leaders will, in turn, change their own communities in a profound and sustainable way.
Dr. Jeannot has been so grateful for the opportunity to serve. The idea of this program originated after Walton Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, recognized the ongoing struggle of patients needing CPAP intervention however unable to afford medical equipment. Dr. Jeannot and his team decided on a giveback in donating CPAP devices to those who weren’t able to purchase them.