Help for expensive meds

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      For the Lady whose dh is on heart meds. I feel your pain. Last December hubby was diagonsed with a heart condition and the next day he was laid off and the next day he lost his insurance.

      Of course everyone told me all about Cobra, blah blah blah but the Cobra payments alone would have been more than his unemployment.

      We were fortunate to find a mobile health clinic in our area they travel in an rv from place to place and is a division of medicorp our local hospital.

      One of the meds that DH had been prescibed by his doctor was an extended release medicine so he took 240 milligramsonce a day. The awesome Nurse practitioner at mobile health who does all of her prescribing from the walmart $4 med list found the same medicine on the walmart list. The only difference is that is was not extended release so he had to take 120 milligrams twice aday that medicine went from like $100 a month to $8 just by taking it twice a day.

      ASk for health care provider if there are cheaper medicines that do the same thing. Get a copy of the Wal-mart $4 formulary and show you dr the list of heart meds. I know there are copies out there because the nurse had one.

      Every time I visit the dr. I mention every chance I get that we don’t have insurance and always ask for samples. Or to be prescribed the cheapest med possible for the condition.

      WE survived the winter on unemployment thanks to a well stocked pantry and the changes to the rxs.Interesting enough our local paper just printed the list of the top tenprescribed medicines andDHsheart meds were on the list. One of them was Lisinopril that is one of the $4 meds.

      Of course this may not work for you but it is worth a try. Many drs are so use to dealing with insurance companies they have to beprompted to think outside of the box. Also they may not have time to track down the cheapest meds.

      So you can track it down and ask your healthcare proffesional if it will work. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

      One more thing the co-pay on the expensive med was $20 a month so we were paying morewith insurance than we are nowthat we are without insurance. I never thought to ask about a$4 rx when we had the insurance.

      Tracy in va

      tracy in va

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