SO, I use a CPAP mask. Love the damned thing. I sleep better and my wife sleeps better, and like any piece of mechanical equipment, it sometimes beaks. Belle was commending that I need to upgrade, so I went to CPAP.com and ordered a mask. They asked for my doctor's information, because a prescription is required, so I gave them my doc's information.
I got an email back that the doc wouldn't sign the script. Evidently, I needed an appointment. SO, I called my doc, raised hell. Why do I need a prescription to buy a plastic mask? They mumbled something about insurance, and I told them I was using cash money. My insurance need not be involved. They told me that if I didn't need insurance, they';; sell me a new mask, no questions asked.
So, I looked at my bank statement online and saw that CPAP.com had already done a pre-authorization on my account, so I called them to cancel. Talked to the nice lady there. She told me that if I ordered the new mask disassemble (a kit), it didn't need a prescription. It comes in two parts, the mask and the headgear. And, it's cheaper.
So, if I order the mask online, I need a prescription. But, if I buy the mask from my doc, I don't need a prescription, and if I order the mask as a kit, I don't need a script, but it's cheaper.
I'm still trying to wrap my head around the unthinking idiocy of the whole scenario.