Prescription drugs cost more in the US than in any other country. Prices have been rising far more quickly than the cost of living, and the proportion people must pay out of pocket has also been increasing. As a result, many patients are finding it difficult to afford their medicines. Are you among them? Is there a way you could save money on medicines?
Save Money on Medicines:
Consumer Reports (May 2018) has just run a cover story on how to pay less for your medicines. We speak with the author, Lisa Gill, about some smart ways to lower drug costs. You might not know that many pharmacists must abide by a gag clause that prevents them from volunteering information on how you could get a better price. She describes how it works and how you can get around it. She also recommends checking out prescription drug coupons from two sites: GoodRx.com and BlinkHealth.com.
After you listen to Lisa Gill explain recommendations from the Consumer Reports special issue on how you can save money on medicines, call in to share your story. Were you hit with an unexpectedly large pharmacy bill? Do you need a cancer medicine that your insurance doesn’t cover? Tell us how you have managed to save money on medicines. Share your tactics with others and pick up tips from them. Call 888-472-3366 between 7:15 and 7:55 EDT on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Or reach us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Week’s Guest:
Lisa Gill is Deputy Editor at Consumer Reports for Special Projects. The cover story, Pay Less for Your Meds, is in the May 2018 issue of Consumer Reports. Lisa’s article on the gag clause is here: https://www.consumerreports.org/drug-prices/gag-clauses-stop-you-from-getting-lowest-prescription-drug-prices/
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