According to the latest U.S. Census data, there are more than 48 million uninsured Americans. It’s an unfortunate fact that many of these people will not seek care due to the prohibitive cost of seeing a doctor without insurance. But for those times when the uninsured or underinsured have no choice but to see a doctor, they’re often prevented from following through on the doctor’s orders and improving their health because of the high cost of prescription drugs.
What good is being told by a doctor what’s wrong with you if you can’t afford the medication to correct it?
To help alleviate this problem, there are a number of organizations dedicated to providing prescription assistance through partnerships with pharmacies or the pharmaceutical companies themselves. However, each program has its own eligibility requirements, with some offering discounts to anyone and others only offering discounts to those who have inadequate or no coverage for outpatient prescription drugs and/or a certain income level.
For example, FamilyWize partners with over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide to offer prices similar to what they give large insurance companies and employers. Anyone can sign up for the savings card on their website (familywize.org), and the discounts can be applied to any FDA approved brand or generic medication.
SelectCare Benefits Network (myrxadvocate.com) requires its members be U.S. residents, not have insurance coverage for outpatient prescription drugs (including Medicaid), and have an income that makes retail prescription prices unaffordable. Rather than partnering with pharmacies, they assist members in navigating over 250 Patient Assistance Programs offered by pharmaceutical companies to make finding the right program and applying easier.
By doing a quick internet search of prescription drug discount programs, you should be able to find one you qualify for.
What kind of savings do you see with your prescription drug discount program? Tell us about it!
Sources: kaiserhealthnews.org, familywize.org, and myrxadvocate.com