Sorry if there is any confusion re GP's they actualy make money out of people, but more about how they are paid if they have their own practice,, which is very confusing but something like this,
per 1000 of patients that figure can vary dependant on eldrly, children, or working age adults, the latter they get the least for, so gp's in Easbourne have a better time than say your area. Tey also get paid per well persons clinic, so more they do and more that attend the more they will recieve, but out of that figure, they also will have to pay their staff, but not neccessarily nurses, unles employed directly by them as they may well be employed by the local community trust, they then will be supported by insurance jobs like medicals, or reports, and private certificates, although they cannot make money from dss ones. On average they are paid approx 75k, until recently was not liked due to the amount of hours it included, although since working time directive orders came into force they are now quite well off.
Although on one occassion I met a medic professional and he was paying 3k per month for medical liability insurance, hate to think what his rocords was like. In most government based jobs the state have a complicated target structure setup. Prior to me retiring, I had one by quantity of people I saw per day, yet nothing was set up to prevent hospital admissions, although I had to quantify why each one had been admitted, and prove I could not have prevented it. We also were pressurised to get people out of hospital so to free the bed for others, yet again whould have to quantify each care plan if complicated to reduce risk of injury to self or others.
I wonder why I am cynical of the system. It seems you are doing well mac, keep it up, ironic though weight loss and cpap, will be of some beneficial, but my loval clinicians think it is more to do with size of neck, and as such either muscle toning in that area, or lot of reduction, as I gather Pavarote although obese and had abcg neck, also did loads of throat exercises, and as such did not have osa. Also remember the osa syndrom as such also affects young babies and screened for it, due to cot death syndrom, whch as all been termed due to osa.
So the links between obesity and osa, are not very clean cut, and as such put the fats boys syndrom out to pasture, as my old friendly midwife explained, but you also know what the media is like!
Several months back I trawled through loads of research on this subject, ironic most of it was of a very socialogical structure, very little had any scientific evidence to support findings, when I say scientific, I was looking at biological and ore set of precise physical readings, not just what people felt at that moment of time, as when working we were told that was too subjective to too many variations. Ironic some of the best reserach on oxygen starvation and affects it has on the body, was done in the Himalayas, on climbers, looking at abilities our bodies can tolerate altitude and lack of oxygen in the air.
It was there that most of the stuff about humidifiers become evident to playing such a large part to compliance to therapy.