Do you take prescription
medication? If so, you know how costly they can be.
More than 4
billion prescriptions are filled per year. Even for people fortunate enough to have health insurance, visits to the doctor and filling
prescriptions can add up. There's got to be an easier way to
deal with steep prescription prices. Right?
Right. I don't know about
you, but on my daily internet travels, I'm inundated with ads for discount
Canadian meds and online pharmacies. Forget the fact that I personally have no
need for a "90 day supply of Cialis without a prescription!", the rising costs
of medication is making me rethink my decision to avoid the black market as a
viable career choice.
Generics have long been
touted as a low-cost alternative for pricy brand-name drugs. When government
regulations mandate that these generics contain the same active ingredient,
what's the justification for spending more on a name brand? The binding agents or inactive ingredients vary widely, meaning that
some people will react differently to generic versus brand name drugs
(especially when making the switch from a brand name to generic drug). Many
healthcare companies will also generic medications when it is available.
The rising cost of pharmaceuticals in the United States
has driven more and more people toward less expensive alternatives. Since
Canadian medicine generally is much cheaper than its American versions, many people
have considered ordering their regular prescriptions from online Canadian
pharmacies to save money. Importing medicine from Canada might be great for the
pocketbook, but it involves dangers that could be worse than going into debt.
Recently, an article from CNN stated that contraceptives should be fully covered under the new health reform law. I fully agree with since it seems absurd to allow Viagra to be covered but birth control pills are considered elective drugs. How does that even make sense? Viagra can also be considered an elective drug since some of the people taking them are doing it for recreational reasons.
If you think about it, covering birth control pills, the patch, the sponge and other contraceptives is actually cheaper for insurance companies than to cover the cost of an entire pregnancy. Doctor's office appointments, tests, hospital stay and epidurals cost way more than $10 - $30 per month for the pill. Not to mention the cost of raising a child which has been estimated at $226,920 from birth to age 18. I think that number alone is birth control for some people.
So, what are some ways you can save on birth control before this law (hopefully) gets passed?