Thursday, November 15, 2012

If you have Part D insurance, the actual price charge to everyone for prescription drugs will drop considerably

A statement from United Health Care for my AARP Part D coverage for October showed a total of $17.51 paid out-of-pocket for three prescriptions associated with major dental work (Chlorhex gargle, a Tylenol-Codeine, and Amoxicillin).  The Plan paid for nothing. But what is significant is that, with an insurance contract through AARP supplemental to Medicare, the price actually charged to me is much lower than the retail list.  I know that when I had Chlorhex prescribed in 2004, it cost around $28.  Now, with an insurance contract in place, the total price charged to all parties is only $6.43.  Use of generics certainly plays a part. 

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