Thursday, May 16, 2013
How Much was That?
Does it irritate you when your medical insurance drug plan
is nice and gouging you at the same time?
I’m pretty darned irritated.
As a person with a chronic “issue” (or several) I have numerous meds
that keep me somewhat glued together. It
was with annoying interest when I realized, “Wait a minute here-why is our son
getting a 90-day supply and my husband (who has the “3” biggies of middle-aged
men: high cholesterol, high blood pressure and thyroid) getting a 90 day
supply, but I’m only getting a month?”
With my medical cards in hand, I called up our health
insurance member phone number and asked, “Hey, what gives here?”
The lady on the phone (there’s another really sore point
that needs a rant because this company has the most aggravating answering robot
ever) nicely said she understood my plight.
She looked up the names and dosages and said that I, indeed, was
eligible but that they’d have to go through the “specialty mail order” and gave
me their number. Before hanging up she
informed me that putting myself on the mail list would probably NOT save me
more than a couple of dollars.
Great-took me 20 minutes of repeating “representative” to
reach her. Anyway, let’s just say it was
a repeat performance until another nice woman who would understand my frustration
answered the phone.
I gave her the list of drugs and politely asked for the
pricing difference before I’d trust the U.S. Post Office to get them to me in
Please, postal personnel, don’t take offense-I’m sorry for
that remark but I sent a check to my sister and a week later I received an
envelope with no explanation or apology with what were the remains of both it
and the envelope I mailed it in, only our address hadn’t been shredded.
Now it’s true, one person’s trash is another’s treasure-but
the first woman who claimed it wouldn’t really save me any money, just time was
just plain WRONG!
It turns out that once the doctors all fax the prescriptions
back to them and I officially get the 90 day supplies, we will be saving
50%!!! And the 4 mile round trip several
times of the month.
What also peeves me is that if my husband hadn’t encouraged
me to call and find out what the reasoning behind not “allowing maintenance
drugs to get a 90 re-fill”, I would never have known that you had to call the
specialty number and request this little money saver.
We didn’t read every word in our welcome material, but we
scanned it and we don’t recall there being any info on this fact.
Here’s just one of the savings so you can judge for
yourselves if I’m good and miffed for a reason:
Leucovorin calcium-1 pill a week. One month supply in store is $20.00. Mail
order for 90 days (12 pills)?
Really? Now I’m no
math whiz, but that’s a savings of $48.17!
Does this get you thinking?
Let me know, I’m curious!
And my “Need a Ride” blog-my husband read it and informed me
that my “S” stands for “SPORT”.