The NPHVA receives a budget from the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services for the different services offered including equipment only if no other funding is available. Therefore, if you have private insurance or if you are the recipient of social benefits, the NPHVA will assist you in the process of funding for your equipment and medical supplies.
Where do I buy the equipment required for this therapy?
If you are admissible to our program, we will provide you with the equipment necessary as per your medical prescription. You need not purchase your own equipment unless it is equipment that is not covered by our program.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY EQUIPMENT BREAKS DOWN AFTER OFFICE HOURS?
You can call the NPHVA on-call service and speak directly to a qualified respiratory therapist that will help you resolve the problem.
How often will I have home follow-up visits?
The frequency of home visits depends on the needs of each individual patient and can range from once a month to twice a year.
Are you the only program available in Quebec?
No, there is another national home ventilatory assistance program in Quebec City at l'Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec de l'Hôpital Laval. Your pulmonologist will refer you to the program that offers services to your region.
How do I know which model respirator is the best for me?
Your pulmonologist, in collaboration with the NPHVA team, will determine which respirator model and other respiratory therapy equipment is best suited to your medical needs
Will I have to use a respirator all the time to breathe?
The use of a respirator is sometimes required only at night and for certain periods during the day depending on your underlying illness and overall medical condition. Your pulmonologist and NPHVA staff will help guide you in using this therapy to best meet your needs
Can I travel with this equipment?
Yes, the equipment is portable and can be used in other countries. You must nonetheless, inform your NPHVA respiratory therapist so that she can provide you with the manufacturers' recommendations regarding safe transport and power connections. Unfortunately, the NPHVA is not in a position to replace equipment that is broken or lost during the course of your trip. For your safety, we therefore ask that you advise your NPHVA respiratory therapist of your travel plans a few weeks in advance so that he/she can discuss possible options and provide you with support.