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Tuzilla  (Level: 130.8 - Posts: 3769)
Mon, 17th Aug '09 7:25 PM


Do you have fixed medical expenses? I am talking about costs that you pay every day, whether you are sick or not. Examples would be high blood pressure meds, Diabetes meds and supplies, arthritis meds, etc. These are meds you will probably take for the rest of your life, if you can afford them.

I take 4 pills each day, plus a multi-vitamin and baby aspirin. My insurance, which I graded as "Could be better" in the poll you can take elsewhere on this board, pays for most of the expense, but my co-pays have double in the past couple years. As I read the detail receipt, I can see my co-pay and the amount the insurance covered above the co-pay. For my money, I get a 90-day supply of each medication. The totals, when I add up the co-pays and insurance coverage really leave me wondering how the tens of millions without health care coverage make ends meet. It also makes me wonder how this is affecting our nation's health care costs on the back end when we have to care for these untreated conditions in later life.

I know there are many of you who are getting hit a lot harder than I am on medications, even when I add in the couple pills my wife takes. Anyway, here are the details of today's trip to the pharmacy.

Medication 1...$10.00 co-pay plus $33.59 covered by insurance

Medication 2...$10.00 co-pay plus $5.50 covered by insurance

Medication 3...$10.00 co-pay plus $15.40 covered by insurance

Medication 4...$50.00 co-pay plus $453.85 covered by insurance

Total co-pay $80.00 out of pocket and $508.34 = $588.34 or approx. $196./month or approx. $6.50/day. if you have not insurance.

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 17th Aug '09 7:35 PM

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Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 17th Aug '09 7:38 PM

I take 3.5 pills daily. Total cost for 90 days - $45 of which I pay 10%.

Three medications regulate my heart beat and provided free.

Lodi  (Level: 95.9 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 17th Aug '09 7:45 PM

I take warfarin (blood thinner). It would be a $10 copay but it is on the Walmart $4 list so I buy it there.

Simvastin - $10 copay for 30 day supply (no clue what the real cost is)

Starting next week, I get to buy all the diabetes stuff. I just found out on Friday that I inherited my father's diabetes and I don't know yet what the costs are for that.

People should really check the Walmart sheet for their prescriptions because they are $4 without any insurance.

Tuzilla  (Level: 130.8 - Posts: 3769)
Mon, 17th Aug '09 7:50 PM

Is that under the French system, Andy? IF so, do you have an idea of the same if bought here?

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 17th Aug '09 8:11 PM

Three of my pills are on Walmart's $4/$10 list. So they don't cost any more in the US.

I am in the French govt medical system.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Mon, 17th Aug '09 11:24 PM

I take one pill daily that costs $350/month ordinarily, and I pay $15 dollars for it. Really makes the $200 I put towards health insurance worth it.

Sargon  (Level: 111.2 - Posts: 1256)
Mon, 17th Aug '09 11:55 PM

I take Ectotrin as my daily asprin. Think it was $15 for a years supply and I watch for coupons.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.4 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 18th Aug '09 12:08 AM

True about the $4 pills at Wal-Mart, but you have to be careful not to get sucked in. My hubby is on arthritis and pain meds and we got them filled at W-M until his dosage on pain meds went up and W-M charged like $75. I called around to every pharmacy in our town and found the same meds at a discount place for only $30 and we get his arthritis meds at a different place for $20. He's on Medicare but does not have a prescription plan so this is all out of pocket.

So just really check out your options.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Tue, 18th Aug '09 1:38 AM

All medication for diabetics is "free" under the "evil and Orwellian" NHS. I take eight tablets, seven different drugs, every it's just as well. Not all of these pills are for diabetes of course, but they are all "free".

Aquamar  (Level: 176.8 - Posts: 905)
Tue, 18th Aug '09 2:08 AM

I take 5 different meds. 1. $10 for a 90 day supply. 2. $10 for a 90 day supply 3. $10 for a 90 day supply 4. Is injectable pens and I get 3 pens for a total of 90 days 5. This is the expensive one because I can't take the generic so it's $50 for 90 day supply. This is of course on top of my monthly premium of $425.

Surreyman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 2766)
Tue, 18th Aug '09 5:31 AM

I have fixed medical costs here - zero.
So what was it people didn't like about the UK NHS?

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