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I recently had a medication change and the new script with my co-pay was $297.00! I used my new script plan and hopefully if it works I'll continue to use it and the co-pay will be met so that I can afford the monthly charge! That is nearly $10.00 a pill!
 

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That is rediculous (sp)...however.....I heard on the news today Obanmacare is crashing bigtime.......If you livein Texas your premiums are going up something like 54%.....in California only 13%.......each state is different and ETNA the biggest network is dropping out.....
 

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Irish knitter said:
That is rediculous (sp)...however.....I heard on the news today Obama care is crashing big time.......If you live in Texas your premiums are going up something like 54%.....in California only 13%.......each state is different and ETNA the biggest network is dropping out.....
Yep, I knew the insurance companies would find a way to get out of it, as if getting all that guaranteed income wasn't enough for them. :sm25: :sm25:
 

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So glad I live here - most prescriptions are $3 per item, and that drops to $0 when your family reaches 20 prescription items for the year. Hubby's Ventolin is another $8.20 per 3 months, but that is because he chooses not to use the subsidised one.
 

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Check the manufacturer's website to see if they have coupons. My hubs was recently put on Lyrica, and there was a coupon for the co-pay. It took it from $350 down to $30.
 

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Irish knitter said:
That is rediculous (sp)...however.....I heard on the news today Obanmacare is crashing bigtime.......If you livein Texas your premiums are going up something like 54%.....in California only 13%.......each state is different and ETNA the biggest network is dropping out.....
Obamacare is shorthand for the Affordable Care Act. What has happened is this: multiple commercial insurance providers agreed to sell policies under provisions of the ACA. Aetna is pulling out of all but about 4 states due to losses of nearly half billion dollars. I spent the last 12+ working years calling such companies to obtain approval for patient treatment. As the years went on, less actual care was delivered & more layers were added to the process. Frequently we would speak with 4 people BEFORE actually providing any clinical information. Now all those people got paid to do a redundant job. How did that improve the quality of care Aetna was paying for? When I took the position, the cost of administering Healthcare in the U.S. was greater than the entire budget to operate France - that nation's defense, infrastructure, national health care. That is just the administration, not the actual care delivered. Too much big business' fingers in the pie. I'm a Democrat & I believe in some sane universal health care. But the ACA was pushed through too fast with too little thought & too many vultures hanging about to get their share. And patients have gotten the short end of the stick. So fingers need to be pointed at commercial companies like Aetna, Anthem, Humana, United Health Care, Cigna, etc and the legislators who take campaign funds from them.
 

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Call your doctor and tell him how much this medication is costing you and you cannot afford it! There is always an alternative they can order. My husband was on Namenda. Then they only sold the once a day version vs twice a day pill. Copay went from $60 a month to $900 a month. I see the commercials every day on TV. GREED!!
 

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Hilary4 said:
So glad I live here - most prescriptions are $3 per item, and that drops to $0 when your family reaches 20 prescription items for the year. Hubby's Ventolin is another $8.20 per 3 months, but that is because he chooses not to use the subsidised one.
here a script is $6.20 and when one reaches the limit , all a free. (pensioners)
 

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I lucked up on a health care plan for 12 USD a year. I didn't have to pay one cent for my latest refill of 90 days supply of 1-of-2 scripts.

It's been almost a full 2 years since my 9-30-2014 initial surgery...I'm talking/enunciating quite a bit better with the dental cleaning and fillings on my upper molars! Not as well as I do with the numbing :sm14: but I'm not as puffed up with the numbing shots this second bout. I can rub my left facial cheek without wincing. :sm24:
 

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here a script is $6.20 and when one reaches the limit , all a free. (pensioners)
Some people call our Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Medicare 'Socialist medicine' and say they do not want anything Socialist.

But the $6.20 a script only applies to medicines that are on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). For medicines that are not on the list the patient has to pay the full price regardless of whether they are a pensioner or not. Some Chemists do dispense scripts at a reduced price. The Government regularly reviews the medications that are on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) list and sometimes adds new drugs and sometimes removes them. An example is Panadol Osteo, which was previously on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) but it was removed from the list by the Federal Government. Previously a pensioner could obtain two boxes of Panadol for $6.20 but now they have to pay the full price. Only a small hike. Also, some perscriptions cost more than the standard $6.20 each time the script is filled. Some doctors prescribe a different brand from the brand listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). My thyroid medication costs $6.80. To receive free medications the limit has to be reached in a calendar year and the limit starts afresh each new year. I will never be on the free list, called the Safety Net threshold, because I only have the thyroid drugs dispensed twice a year, each box contains 200 tablets, to be kept in the fridge. My blood pressure script is for 30 tablets, so it is filled 12 times a year. A total of 14 scripts a year. Just under $100 a year.
 

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We pensioners pay $5.80 from memory but the safety net is harder to reach as Aspirin and Panadol Osteo plus probably other medications are now "over the counter" medications.
 

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We have reached the 'Safety Net' threshold for our medications and other than the Panadol Osteo we get almost all our medications free of cost except for a small payment for my husbands eye drops.
I became a member of Diabetes Australia when I was first diagnosed just over twenty-five years ago and get all my needles and test strips free of cost as well.
 

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It was reported on the news yesterday that there is now only one company providing Epi pens for those who need emerengcy treatment for allergies. The cost has gone up over 5,000 percent. Some have to pay up to $1,600 per perscription. Also, several insurance companies are no longer going to pay for some perscriptions. We will have to pay out of pocket along with high premuims.
 

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Pharmaceutical companies are way over charging American citizens. We pay the highest costs worldwide.
 

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I'm not sure if this would help but Costco is the best around here and you don't have to be a member to fill your prescriptions there. A little off subject but I had a script for my dog and searching for costs at all the pharmacies the prices ranged from ninety dollars to one hundred and fifty dollars. Went to Costco and it cost fourteen dollars
 
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