Walletectomy

A loyal reader sent in this note the other day:

My doctor’s office charged me $5 today to refill a prescription – meds that I need. Have you ever heard of such a thing? They will make $35 off of me each month. $420 for the year.

4 Responses to Walletectomy

  1. John Dungan says:

    Too bad I can’t edit my previous comment. I should have said that there is nothing to prevent you from asking your doctor to…. Now, after reading the original complaint again, I have to ask just what is this prescription for? If the doctor is charging $5 per script, and you figure that’s an extra $35 per month, what the hell is going on?! There are only four weeks in a month, and what medication is prescribed in such a manner? Now, upon reflection, I am with Cat Simon: Name the doctor, and name the medication!

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  2. Cat Simon says:

    Name the doctor or it didn’t happen.

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  3. abandon hope says:

    Writing prescriptions for necessary medication is part of the care doctors provide. Any patient who sees his or her doctor on a regular basis should not pay for this on top of the fees for doctor visit, lab, etc. I would call my insurance company and ask their opinion.

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  4. John Dungan says:

    If you were not already aware of this, there is nothing to prevent you might ask your doctor to write each script for 90 days (if this is something that you must always take, that is), and to mark “3” refills each time he writes you a script. Also, of course, if you see him at least twice a year, that should eliminate most of these charges.

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