Prescription drug prices have been a popular subject of discussion in the United States for many years. Actually seeing a doctor is expensive in itself, but the cost or maintaining your health doesn’t necessary stop once you leave the doctor’s office. The high prices of medication sometimes leaves people having to choose between purchasing the drugs they need to manage illnesses and food to keep them alive. I had a hard time identifying with these stories because after applying the benefits of my health insurance, the cost of prescription drugs has always seemed very reasonable.
I never knew exactly how expensive medication could be, until now.
My son is at that age where the hormones of puberty are running rampant. Just within the last few months, his acne has broken out at a level where he asked if there was anything we could do about it. We tried over the counter creams and face washes, but it didnâ€™t seem to make much of a difference. We finally called our family doctor who was more than happy to send a prescription for something a little stronger to a nearby pharmacy.
The pharmacy had the medication ready to go when I arrived, but because we had never had a prescription filled at that pharmacy for our son, they didnâ€™t have him connected with our insurance. When he scanned the barcode on the outside of the package, the register showed a price of $414.00.
I gasped in shock at the price.
The cashier quickly cleared the price and smiled a bit to himself, then asked if he was covered under my insurance plan. After entering the information into his profile in the system, the cashier ripped up the old receipt, and retrieved a new one from the printer, and scanned the new barcode
I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw the new total of $24.
While I was much happy with how much my insurance cut the cost of the prescription, I couldnâ€™t help but think about the full price of $414. Acne isnâ€™t a life threatening illness, so had we been without insurance we could have just declined the prescription. But what if the medication was absolutely needed to treat an illness?
I shook my head. There has to be a better way to handle medical needs in our great country. If you have insurance, medication is very affordable. If you donâ€™t, youâ€™re paying $414 for acne medication.
Have you ever seen the full price of prescription medication? How much did your insurance bring the price down?