Healthy lifestyle changes are important for heart health, but it is especially important to take all medication that your doctor prescribes. In some cases, these medications come at a high cost that many can’t afford. Specifically, one-third of uninsured patients in America can’t afford their medication, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lowering the cost of medication is out of your provider’s hands, but there are a few ways you may be able to bring the cost of your medication down. Below are 5 helpful tips that may cut some of the cost.
Generic Vs. Brand Name
Talk to your doctor about a generic option of your medication. Many medications have a generic or less expensive version of medication that works just the same.
Call Around and Check for Prices
If your main pharmacy does not have a generic or cheaper version of your medication, do not get discouraged. It is important to know that different pharmacies have different prices for medications. Call around or ask your doctor and compare the pricing between the pharmacies in your area.
Chose a Larger Supply of your Medication
Instead of getting a 1 month dose and making the insurance co-pay each time, ask your pharmacist or doctor if a 3 or 6 month dose is available and make the co-pay once every few months. This works for medications that are prescribed to you to take over a long period of time.
There are many resources that you may qualify for to get assistance with paying for your medication. Below are a few non-profits that can help you afford your medication, according to Harvard Health: (hyper linked)
Needy Meds- https://www.needymeds.org/
Partnership for Prescription Assistance- https://www.pparx.org/
State Assistance Programs- https://www.medicare.gov/pharmaceutical-assistance-program/state-programs.aspx
Ask your Provider
Your provider is an amazing resource to you. They are likely to have had patients in your same position. As mentioned earlier, your medication price of out of your provider’s hands so they should be doing everything they can to make sure you have your proper medication.