Category Archives: Prescription Drugs

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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Dealing with Obamacare’s gaps

Stories are starting to accumulate about people who have signed up for health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges (or at least thought they did) but do not actually have coverage at the moment, or at least lack an insurance card … Continue reading

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Other helpful blogs for self-pay patients

I like to think that I’ve created a ‘one-stop source’ of information, commentary, and news that is helpful to self-pay patients, a category that includes the uninsured, those with high-deductible health insurance plans, and anybody else who finds themselves paying … Continue reading

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Several new options for prescription drug savings

Yesterday within the space of a couple of hours I had couple of different prescription drug savings web sites come to my attention, all through different channels. I took this to mean the universe wanted my next blog post to … Continue reading

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GoodRx blog a handy source of news on prescription drugs

I’ve mentioned GoodRx before, a site that allows consumers to quickly find the prices charged by local pharmacies for prescription drugs. In fact, I used the site myself when I was shopping for medicines before my surgery in August. The … Continue reading

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Mental health treatment and the self-pay patient

As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, one of the issues I haven’t gotten around to addressing here has been mental health care and how self-pay patients can get the most for their health care dollars. I cover … Continue reading

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More evidence that it pays to shop around for prescription drugs

I follow the blog KevinMD.com, run by Dr. Kevin Pho and featuring a large number of doctors and other health care professionals offering commentary, insights, and news about the delivery of health care. While a lot of the posts are not … Continue reading

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Self-pay patients share their experiences

I’ve had a couple of self-pay patients let me know about their own experiences, one of them a user of telemedicine services, another using a prescription drug discount card, and a third on how people who pay their own way without health … Continue reading

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What to do if You Absolutely Can’t Afford Health Insurance

Guest Post by Kevin Mercadante Let’s get this point out of the way up front: everyone should have health insurance. We all know this without anyone emphasizing the point. But with job losses in recent years, companies canceling their coverage, and the cost … Continue reading

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Getting help in getting prescription drug help

Prescription drugs are often an important part of a patient’s treatment, and they can also be an expensive part of the overall medical bill. I’ve mentioned in the past several ways self-pay patients can save money, such as using a prescription … Continue reading

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