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Prescription sticker shock

January 14, 2013 - Jodelle Greiner
I now understand why some people have to choose between getting their medicines or buying food.

I’ve been having an ongoing medical issue for a while. My doctor prescribed a treatment, but I was still worried about symptoms I continued to have, so he wrote out a prescription.

I went to the pharmacy Saturday to pick up the prescription. The gal behind the counter told me it would be $88.

After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I asked if it had cleared insurance. She said yes, because without insurance it was more than $200. She added it was just a 30-day supply.

I had to wander around the store for a while, seriously considering whether I would get that prescription filled. I did get it filled, if only to be able to tell my doctor that I had tried it and whether it worked or not.

I’m still in shock two days later.

Thank God it’s not a medication that I need to sustain my life, like insulin or blood pressure medicine. And this is just ONE prescription — what about people who are on two, three, four or more?

I’m relatively healthy with no major problems, but it’s scary to contemplate how quickly one thing can tip the scales and create a financial crisis.


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