Category Archives: Prescription Drugs

Cash-Only Pharmacy Offers Savings on Medicines

I’m pleased to introduce another member of the Self-Pay Patient team, Yana Krinker! Yana is a DC-area resident who works at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and who has an interest in self-pay healthcare and health economics. She will … Continue reading

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4 quick tips on prescription drug savings

I was on the David Madeira Show this morning, talking about alternatives to conventional health insurance. David is a member of Samaritan Ministries, one of the five major health sharing ministries that bring together people who want to share medical … Continue reading

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Cash-friendly doctor experience with labs

So after about a five-year interval, I finally went in for an annual physical last week. I found a local doctor who is cash-friendly, which means he still takes insurance but also has a clear and simple fee schedule for … Continue reading

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Birth control & self-pay patients

Like a lot of people who regularly follow health care policy and news, I spent part of yesterday digesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the case that determined that closely-held companies can opt-out of including … Continue reading

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How to safely buy prescription drugs online

Last week I shared my thoughts on why self-pay patients shouldn’t be buying prescription drugs from overseas. I thought I’d follow up with a related and somewhat overlapping topic, buying prescription drugs online. As with just about any other product, … Continue reading

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Should self-pay patients import medicine from other countries?

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a reader asking me what my thoughts are on patients who import their prescription medicines from other countries. I gave a brief reply to him, but thought it was a topic … Continue reading

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A few of my favorite things – NeedyMeds

Regular readers of The Self-Pay Patient blog know that I’m a big fan of an organization called NeedyMeds,* which focuses on helping patients obtain needed medical care that they might not otherwise be able to afford. NeedyMeds started with a … Continue reading

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Health insurance market closed to most, now what?

As a general rule I try not to discuss Obamacare (officially the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA) here on The Self-Pay Patient blog. I have plenty of other outlets to share my views on that law, and … Continue reading

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Another way to save on prescription drugs – buy ‘over the counter’ meds

I’ve probably written as many blog posts on how self-pay patients can save money on prescription drugs as I have on any other topic. But I ran across a video at Consumer Reports yesterday that pointed out another very simple … Continue reading

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A new source for drug pricing information, Prescription BlueBook

Prescription drugs are a big part of modern medicine, and they can also be expensive. For self-pay patients who need to save every dollar while getting the medicines they need, getting the best deal is crucial. As with most of … Continue reading

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