4 Ways to Save Money on Prescriptions, Deductibles, and Out-of-Pocket Expenses

4 Ways to Save Money on Prescriptions, Deductibles, and Out-of-Pocket Expenses
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Most of us find out the hard way that many insurance companies have deductibles for prescription medication. After you've spent hundreds of dollars meeting your deductible, you could be in for a very unpleasant surprise when you find out insurance companies can either deny coverage or leave you with high copays. Treating ED with medication or penile injections often leave us with ridiculously high copays. AARP has an informative article about this topic. I was one of those naive patients who wrongly believed doctors were aware of the least expensive ways to prescribe medication. When I had my gallbladder surgery, my surgeon prescribed individual packets of cholestramine. This was not covered by insurance. It cost me $119 out of pocket. After some research, I discovered I could get the same medication in a can for $40. Because there were no pre-weighed packets, I'd have to measure and scoop the powder into a glass. To save $79 a month, I'm willing to take that extra step. When I discussed this with my surgeon, he was immediately on board to change the prescription to the lower-priced can. I discovered another way to save money using an application called GoodRx. I had purchased a month supply of hyoscyamine. Again, Medicare wouldn't pay. I was charged $96. I went
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Rick Redner received his master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. He has spent many years working as a medical and psychiatric social worker He is the author of the award winning book I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where's Yours? His second book Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants won the Beverly Hills International Book Awards in Men's Health in 2016. Additionally, the book was a winner in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards.

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