I have a little bit of a story to tell you about two experiences I’ve had recently when getting my medication. Some time ago I told you about getting prescription medication cheaper. Read the blog post here. I’ve had lots of readers read the post and then tell me that it worked for them and the savings on their medication was awesome.
Here’s what happened to me recently. I take Crestor. I was getting my prescription filled like I always have in the past. I had my coupon in hand and showed them but alas…the clerk told me my meds were $240 or so crazy number like that. I was shocked. It had never cost that much before- What was going on? I asked them to run the coupon. They said they had. I asked if had been run through our insurance. They said it had. WHAT…what was the change? I said I was sorry and wasn’t paying that price. The pharmacist came out and started talking to me. After some talking she said that insurance companies can change their policies on what they do and don’t pay for. She suggested maybe I try a generic.
Well years ago I had tried a generic. It was more expensive than the Crestor with the coupon. I told the pharmacist that was fine to try a generic and to please look up the cost. Of course they couldn’t tell me the “for sure” price until they billed my insurance. I told them to run it and see. Can you believe it was now only $25? AHHH…how annoying.
I guess I learned my lesson…Keep checking on drug prices. Use coupons when I can but they aren’t always the best option.
Fast forward to last week. I had my appointment with my diabetic educator. She was asking me if my Metforman was hard for me to remember to take as there was an alternate form that could be taken once a day rather than twice and it was a slow release form.
She then cautioned me that for some insurances it cost more money. Well I was going to get meds anyway so I asked the pharmacist assistant. I was told they can’t tell me the price unless I had a prescription and it was ran through insurance. UGH. How can I be an informed shopper if I don’t know a price? How can I manage my health care? It was frustrating. I asked the gal again. She told me the same again. The pharmacist came out to talk to me and said that the new option is a $4 medication now so it would be cheaper than the $40 I was paying now.
Again I saw the same lesson…Keep checking on drug prices. It’s not a lot but I surely would rather pay $4 vs the $40.
Remember my nasty cold? Well it morphed into sinus infection. UGH! I messaged my doctor who I had seen a couple weeks ago. She told me that she’d fill a prescription without seeing me being I had recently been in. Well Augmentin is what they give me for sinus infection. If you’re like me, you know what that means. LOTS of yogurt, probiotic and eventually at the end of the prescription, yeast infection. It happens to me EVERY time.
I had recently talked to one of the girls and they said there is a prescription to take to avoid the yeast infection. Hallelujah! So, I asked my doc for a prescription for that too…and I got it! I am so happy. This is it….one pill and hopefully no yeast infection. I’m still eating yogurt like a trooper.
I am THRILLED. It was cheap at the pharmacy too! Cheaper than the yeast infection treatment.
So…I know this is all lots of personal information…possibly too much but I know many of you have trouble paying for medication or simply want to pay less for it. I also know there are lots of you like me who get yeast infection when taking antibiotics. I’m hoping by sharing my experience it might save you some money or some pain….
If any of you have something to share that might be helpful regarding medical care, please pass along the information in the comment section. Had I know that I could avoid yeast infection of that insurance companies can change coverage of medicines sooner I would have been so happy.