Save on prescriptions
Over the past decade, healthcare has become an increasingly controversial issue. Calls both for and against reform have emerged and split the country. Regardless of what one believes, there can be no denying one of the principal factors fueling the debate – drugs are expensive. Anyone who has purchased prescriptions can attest to this fact. Whatever drug you need, whether it’s Lipitor, Viagra, Celebrex, or any of the myriad of other drugs on the market; each is weighed down with a hefty price tag. And as the American economy has soured, many Americans find themselves unable to afford the prescriptions that they need. To solve the problem of costs, there are a number of methods you can employ. Congress may never come to a lasting solution on the issue of pharmaceutical costs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t.
For one, you can look into generic versions of drugs. An arthritis medication, for example, will still have the same health benefits regardless of whether it comes in a package with the Lipitor brand. There is no reason to pay more just to have the brand name. Generic versions of prescription drugs are a great way to save money and nearly every major FDA-approved drug has generic equivalents.
Another option to save on prescriptions is to openly discuss the matter with your doctor. A doctor may have no sense of how much the drug they recommend to you actually costs. If your doctor is aware that price is an issue, they may be able to give you a similar drug that costs considerably less. But for this to happen requires communication. So don’t be afraid to speak up and have a conversation with your doctor.
If your doctor doesn’t have any recommendations and you cannot find generics, there is still hope. You may be able to get a save on pharmaceuticals by simply shopping around. Take the bargain-hunting skills you would normally employ at clothing stores and delve into the world of prescriptions. Chances are you may be able to find discounts between pharmacies. If so, this represents a further way for you to save on prescriptions.