Have you ever had your prescription transmitted electronically? Most likely, you have. That’s the quickest, easiest and most efficient method to order medications for patients today. If you use two different pharmacies – a mail order one and a local pharmacy – your script can mistakenly be sent to one you don’t want it to.
That’s what happened to me the other day. My prescription for an antibiotic was transmitted with the speed of light to my mail order pharmacy. Oops! Needed it at my local one. I didn’t know there was a problem until I began getting texts that my script was “delayed.” Then a text informed me they couldn’t fill it because it just recently had been filled! Really? A quick call to the doctor’s office straightened the problem out in no time. A very efficient nurse called the mail order pharmacy, the local pharmacy and my insurance company. She was able to clear up the misunderstanding in just a few short minutes.
And then there was the issue of price. Because my mail order pharmacy, which is an arm of my insurance company, had been informed I wasn’t covered (due to the mix-up) priced the drug at $68. I knew that couldn’t be right. Most of my co-pays were about $3. I shared the pricing information with my doctor’s office as well. Fortunately, the nurse had covered that as well. Now my prescription cost $3 not $68! Whew. What a difference.
The take home message is clear: If something doesn’t seem right, or the cost is far above what you normally pay, ask why. Still don’t have an answer that makes sense to you? Ask again until it does. Saving $65 was great, but far more importantly, I was able to get what I needed quickly – a script to clear up my problem. Wasn’t that the whole reason I went to the doctor in the first place. #trustyourdoctorbutnotthatmuch #becomeyourownbesthealthcareadvocate #askforwhatyouneed #whywaitReina