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Offline badknees

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prescription costs
« on: April 10, 2003, 08:29:17 PM »
After a change in our health insurance coverage I began to look at prices for prescription medications (I take two medicines daily).  My shock over the price of this daily regimen led to a through research project on prescription medicine sources.  I was pleased to discover there is a vastly more economical alternative to the local drugstore. I discovered that I can order my prescriptions through a Canadian pharmacy and save $1500 a year on my personal medicine needs. I made a point of visiting this drugstore in that I am generally skeptical of this magnitude of savings.  They are licensed certified and been in operation for years. It takes a few weeks to receive my medication-but the huge savings overweighs the wait.

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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2003, 05:48:46 AM »
I wish we had something like that here in Australia. I am on neurontin (and about 10 other med's) and the Neurontin alone costs me $260 for a 50 day supply. and then add to that $50 every 10 days for my MsContin and add to that my Adalat, Polaramine, Pulmicort, Oxis, Ventolin, Cafergot, Vioxx, and the "as needed Med's" and ALL of the supplimentsw my GP and Osteopath have me on and it costs me a FORTUNE in medications (and I can't do without any of them (even the suppliments) worse luck, so I have had the fun thing before of deciding weather I will buy my med's or eat (luckily my partner won't let us starve or for me this could be a frequent thing (If I lived on my own) as my income is almost totally spent on medications and medical appointments (and Work cover is SO slack in paying mne back for stuff (for example I had to fly to Sydney on Wednesday to see ANOTHER workers COmp doctor and for the Day (well I flew out at 11am and was back home at 5pm) it cost me between $400 and $500 dollars (for 1 day and 1 doctors visit  :o :o :o). This scenerio occurs frequently as MOST of my specialists are also in Sydney (as the once in Canberra wont see me, as my case scared the $#%^$&% out of them and they refuse to even see me).
Ah for one month of NO appointments AT ALL and NO medications or prescriptions to fill (and NO MORE injuries)
2 ACL 'reco's', 3 'scopes', Pain, JRA, EDS, RSD, CMP, osetochondral defect & #, synovitis, adhesions, nerve damage, foot drop, MCL damage, tendonitis, fibrosis, ligament damage AGAIN, dislocations +++


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Re: prescription costs
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2003, 08:58:53 PM »
Hey Shaz,

Sorry to hear that your prescription charges are so high. Here in the UK we have what they call pre-payment certificates where you pay a fixed rate for a little card that allows you to get your medications. I think they are 3-6 months worth and can work out considerably cheaper than buying the drugs each time, as here every single item costs around 8 (AUS$20) and a pre-payment is around 30 (AUS$75)

It might be worth looking in to and seeing if there is anything similar in Australia mate as it could save you some money in the long run, especially when you are geting so many drugs on a regular basis. My Dad used the pre-payment option as he was on heaps of drugs during his treatment for Wegeners Granulamotosis and over the past three years it's probably saved us several hundred pounds.  :)

Hope there is an option for you over in Oz Shaz. take care and I'll talk to you soon.

Love and hugs.......Jo


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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2003, 02:36:18 AM »
Prescription costs are horrendous, in the UK we pay about 6.20 (6 in Wales) for EACH drug we have.

I am lucky in as much as here in Wales we get free prescriptions until we are 25 but when i lived in England & I was on various meds for my knee, my JRA, my adhesions & ear infections, it was costing me an absolute fortune.

Also, in the UK, you can ask your dr to write a private prescription for the drug so you can get it at cost price if it is cheaper than paying for a prescription.

Iona x