As the parent of a child with a disability, I have often found myself struggling with the high cost of prescriptions. We all want the best when it comes to our children's health. Prescriptions are no exception. As we walk out of the doctor’s office with a prescription in hand, we try to figure out how much it will cost and how to pay for it. If we have private insurance, how much will it cover? Is there a deductible? Is the prescription name brand or generic?
Helpful tips to remember:
Get more information about the prescription from your child’s doctor. If the medication is new on the market, ask if your doctor has samples. Many manufacturers provide samples to doctors’ offices when they are introducing new products. If your medication is a brand name product, they may provide prescription assistance or discount cards. One discount card program, for example, may give you $10.00 off each prescription filled within 6 months. Other prescription programs may offer the prescription for a set amount, such as $25. Ask your doctor about any prescription assistance programs they may have available.
Most national chain store pharmacies have prescription drug programs that offer discounts for the purchase of generic medications. Doctors are usually glad to write prescriptions for generic medications when there is one available and when they believe it will work as well.
If you are unable to purchase medication for yourself or your child due to lack of funds, there are some options. Consider contacting your local community or faith-based organization, or school district for assistance. Many social service agencies like Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and The Salvation Army provide prescription assistance as part of their program. RxAssist offers a database of patient assistance programs as well as other information. Check this website Find Services, Groups & Events for helpful resources.
Take some time to ask your doctor or pharmacist for the help you need. They may be able to provide information about a number of helpful resources. Remember, they are there to help make sure you and your family stay healthy.