Home oxygen funding is provided by Fraser Health to those that qualify based on medical and non-medical criteria.
How do I access the home oxygen program?
In order to obtain Fraser Health funding for home oxygen, your doctor must complete an application along with an oxygen prescription, and submit them to Community Respiratory Services.
A respirologist (a doctor specializing in lung disorders) then considers the application to determine if you qualify for home oxygen funding.
What happens after I am approved?
When your home oxygen funding application is approved, an authorized oxygen provider will contact you to arrange delivery and provide instruction on use of the equipment.
A Registered Respiratory Therapist from Community Respiratory Services then visits your home to complete a respiratory assessment, provide further education and make sure you and your family caregiver are comfortable with administering the oxygen.
The respiratory therapist provides ongoing assessments to determine if you need to continue using oxygen therapy. If your oxygen level has improved and exceeds the qualifying standards, the assessment will be reviewed and your home oxygen subsidy will be discontinued.
What kind of equipment is available?
There are different types of oxygen systems. Some equipment will provide for 24 hours of therapy a day while others are for short term use. A respiratory therapist will work with you and your doctor to find a system that best meets your needs. If you have problems with your equipment, please contact the oxygen supply company.
Can I smoke while on oxygen?
Smoking near oxygen therapy is dangerous. If you continue to smoke around oxygen, your home oxygen equipment may be discontinued. Please ensure that you and your family members don't smoke in the home while oxygen is being supplied.