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The High Cost Of Staying Healthy

The High Cost Of Staying HealthyModern medicine has made it possible to keep some of our most feared diseases at bay. From AIDS to leukemia and beyond, we know have medications that can combat the diseases that would have once killed us within months. But there's a cost – and it's often incredibly high. While plenty of attention gets devoted towards the high costs of a hospital or doctor's visit, only those who are suffering under the weight of their prescription drug costs really understand just how expensive it can be to stay healthy. At USA RX, we understand that high cost and want to help.

Consider the price of an average month's worth of leukemia medication. Today, it's just under $7,700 dollars for a full month's prescription. That's a total of 3 times the cost that it was just over ten years ago. Just a simple EpiPen to combat allergic reactions has gone up almost $200 for a single pen. And some cancer drugs now cost more than $10,000 per month.

Those are incredibly high prices – prices that the average American simply can't afford to pay. The drug companies haven't changed the formulas or made the drugs any more effective than they ever were, either. All they're doing is raising the prices – in some cases by more than 800% over the course of just 7 years.

Luckily, some drugs are available in generic forms. And many of the better insurance policies available today actually have a prescription drug copay that allows policy holders to get greatly reduced rates. But what about those without insurance, or with no prescription coverage, or even those with huge deductibles or whose specific drugs aren't covered under the insurance policy? They have to struggle to stay ahead on their bills and to pay for the medication that could keep them alive.

But cards like the USA RX pharmacy discount card can help. The card is used just like an insurance card – the patient simply hands it to their pharmacist during checkout. The pharmacist consults the drug price by using the card, and if it's lower than the insurance policy would charge, the pharmacist charges that price instead. Thankfully, the cards are ready to go and don't require paperwork or physical exams in order to receive one.

If you're struggling with drug costs or just want to avoid struggling with them in the future, we may be able to help. Contact us to get your free card and find out more about your options.

Published June 5th, 2014 by USA Rx
Fact Checked by Chris Riley

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