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I plan this to be a thread where inexpensive or more affordable health care options are listed for those without health insurance coverage or simply those who want to save versus high deductibles, etc. This is JUST for getting/listing cheap alternatives for everyone. Absolutely no politics. Take that stuff to the Podium!

With all of the programs below, always check to see the price of your medicine with and without using your insurance. Your co-pay may be more or less than the prices you can get using the programs.

Walmart Inexpensive Medication List - This is the program I'm most familiar with right now and refer patients to as it is very straightforward with no membership fees:

Most of these are $4/month or $10 for three months, and a lot of the most common meds are included:

https://www.walmart.com/cp/$4-pre...ns/1078664

https://i5.walmartimages.com/dfw/...08d.v1.pdf

Meijer Pharmacy

Quote from GarviK
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Meijer pharmacy has many of the common antibiotic, cholesterol, and diabetes medicine for free: 30 days or 90 days.

This site lists a number of the other programs that are available:

https://www.goodrx.com/blog/what-...-generics/





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Which programs are still active?
It's not all bad news. Even though many pharmacies have discontinued their membership programs, some are still active.

Sam's Club: Sam's Plus members can receive hundreds of generic medications at $4 or $10 for a 30-day supply, and five select prescriptions for free. Membership is $100 annually, and does not require prescription drug insurance. Sign up online, or enroll at your nearest Sam's Club Pharmacy.

Walgreens: The Walgreens Prescriptions Savings Club is the most robust discount program on the market at the moment. Members can get over 50 medications for as little as $5 for up to a 30-day supply, and can also receive discounts on vitamins, birth control, diabetic supplies, and lifestyle medications. Annual membership is $20 for individuals or $35 for families. Sign up online or enroll at your nearest Walgreens Pharmacy.

Rite Aid: The Rite Aid Rx Savings Program offers a selection of generic medications at $9.99 for a 30-day supply and $15.99 for a 90-day supply. Membership is free, but required. Enroll at your nearest Rite Aid Pharmacy.

Walmart: Walmart offers a selection of generic medications at $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply. They also provide home delivery and discounts on oral contraceptives and men's health medications. No membership is required for this program
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Price Chopper: The Price Chopper RxAdvantEdge Program offers select generic drugs at $9.99 for 100 tablets, as well as savings on allergy medications, antibiotics, and vitamins. Membership is free, but required. Enroll at your nearest Price Chopper Pharmacy.

Winn-Dixie: The Winn-Dixie Perks Program offers a selection of generic drugs at $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply, as well as select antibiotics for free. Membership is $5 annually per person. Sign up online or enroll at your nearest Winn-Dixie Pharmacy.

H-E-B: The H-E-B Rewards Platinum Program offers select generic medications at $4, $8, or $12 for a 30-day supply. There is no membership fee. Enroll at your nearest H-E-B Pharmacy.

Publix: Publix's "Next Best Thing To Free" Program offers a 90-day supply for select generic medications for only $7.50. Publix also has a free medication program for select blood pressure medications, diabetes medications, and antibiotics. No membership is required for this program.

HyVee: The HyVee $4 Generics Program offers select generic drugs at $4 for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply. No membership is required for this program.
Other Programs

GoodRX

https://www.goodrx.com/how-goodrx-works

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Why do I need GoodRx?
Prescription drug prices are not regulated. The cost of a prescription may differ by more than $100 between pharmacies across the street from each other!

Insurance isn't helping like it used to. In the past 10 years, insurance companies started passing 25-80% more of the cost of drugs onto patients.

Illustration of person on the street looking for a pharmacy
How can GoodRx help me?
GoodRx gathers current prices and discounts to help you find the lowest cost pharmacy for your prescriptions. The average GoodRx customer saves $355 a year on their prescriptions.

GoodRx is 100% free. No personal information required.
Basically, you enter the med you're looking for and the website finds the best price and provides you a coupon.

Here's the output for a common med, metformin:

https://www.goodrx.com/metformin

The GoodRx card also offers discounts at many pharmacies:

https://www.goodrx.com/discount-card

GoodRx Gold charges a monthly membership fee, but says their prices are even lower. YMMV
https://www.goodrx.com/blog/save-...s-program/






Blink Health

https://www.blinkhealth.com/

Another program which will find the best prices if you enter your med and direct you to the local pharmacy to get it, or they look like they have free delivery from their own pharmacy.
Quote from holly_molly
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Then there is Blink health. Work like Good rx but prices are occasionally (not always) cheaper than gold good rx, but hey it's free. And second thing, it's prepaid for the medicine ie you pay upfront via blink health instead of paying at the pharmacy for the med.
Singlecare.com. Another similar program, recommended by an SD Pharmacist.
https://www.singlecare.com/rx
Quote from toast123
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Singlecare.com is a similar coupon that sometimes saves more than goodrx. Also for brand name meds, go to Needmymeds.org for help, or visit the manufacturer website (Needmymeds aggregates all the manufacturer info and links to help). I'm a retail pharmacist so I know a bit about these. Quote me if you have questions on prescription/OTC affordability.
RxOutreach

I checked a few prices on here, they don't seem as good as the other programs, but YMMV.

https://rxoutreach.org/

Quote from Barbwyr
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If you are low income, you can qualify for Rx Outreach, https://rxoutreach.org/. Usually 90 day supply shipped free. Ifind that most prices are similar to Costco's special member pricing.

Costco

Costco also has a program, though I haven't been able to pull up prices specifically for them:

https://www.costco.com/costco-mem...-list.html
https://www.costco.com/member-pre...ogram.html


I invite everyone to contribute to this thread to help us all defeat extreme health care costs.

Stay healthy, everyone!
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Please add any new deals/advice here that can help SDers get more affordable medical treatment. Thanks!
Blink Health for meds
https://www.blinkhealth.com/

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I'm in private practice in NJ. I used to send everyone to a mail-order pharmacy in NC that did Sildenafil 20's at $1 each ($90 for 90 pills). I've noticed that both Sildenafil 100's and Tadalafil 20's and 5's from our local Acme and Shoprites work just as well as name branded viagra/Cialis according to my patients (but at 1/50th the price.)
Any online places reputable for prices like that?
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Sorry i cant find where to ask this. But is there a tread of cheap or affordable health insurance?

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Sorry i cant find where to ask this. But is there a tread of cheap or affordable health insurance?

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It will vary by state. In California, you can check CoveredCa.com. There are various subsidies for those who need them.

Google your own state's insurance exchange. Now is the usual open enrollment period.

Good luck!
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Any online places reputable for prices like that?
That would be nice.
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I'm in private practice in NJ. I used to send everyone to a mail-order pharmacy in NC that did Sildenafil 20's at $1 each ($90 for 90 pills). I've noticed that both Sildenafil 100's and Tadalafil 20's and 5's from our local Acme and Shoprites work just as well as name branded viagra/Cialis according to my patients (but at 1/50th the price.)
Can you be more specific about which North Carolina mail order pharmacy you are referring to? (There are a number that come up on a google search).
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Can you be more specific about which North Carolina mail order pharmacy you are referring to? (There are a number that come up on a google search).
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Several things:

AAA offers prescription discounts. Even with insurance years ago I used AAA... at that time the final cost through AAA was cheaper than the health insurance co-pay!
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I LOVE GoodRX! A med that was $512mo, or $1400 through 90 day mail in program through insurance, costs me $128mo thru GoodRX.

Don't listen to alchemista, SD user insiderok is correct in saying that if it's a med your insurance would normally cover you CAN fill out the claim form/s to submit those out of pocket costs toward your deductible. You will need info from the pharmacy (give them a call, they'll do a printout with the info you'll need on the claim form) but nowadays you can access your past history online as well.
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Kroger offers flu shots for free... many places do.
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Check with your local health depts for health and wellness programs.
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Planned parenthood offers services based on income, especially helpful for low income women. If not for them and their brown lunch bags full of free condoms I would've been trapped in a rural area with 10 kids as a teenager instead of being free to escape that dismal existence!
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Don't rule out (logical) home remedies too... there's a reason some of our elders never saw a doctor, they doctored at home!
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