Fight Back Against Rising Prescription Costs with Common Sense

Pres save earningThe cost of medical care is rising fast. Much of the increase is due to the cost of prescription medications. There are several things you can do to lower these costs. However, you must first become an astute consumer of medical care. Here are some suggestions:

  • Stay healthy. Eat right with plenty of fruits and vegetables, cut down on sugars and empty calories. Get adequate exercise and plenty of fresh air. You be amazed at how much better you’ll feel. Wash your hands frequently and be particularly careful about hygiene and the spreading of germs when someone in the household is ill.
  • Don’t over-do doctor’s visits. If you have a cold or minor flu, an office call probably isn’t necessary. Rest, Vitamin C tabs and zinc lozenges for colds, hot tea and clear fluids are the prescription here. Traditional over-the-counter remedies like Alka-Seltzer, aspirin, Vicks VapoRub, and a vaporizer are relatively cheap and will probably work as well as anything the doctor could prescribe in the short term. Chicken soup actually works, even good old Campbell’s Chicken and Noodle. A fever that lasts more than a day, prolonged vomiting or diarrhea, seriously sore throat or ear ache are signs you should probably see your doctor as soon as possible.
  • If you must see your physician, don’t insist on antibiotics for virus illnesses. Antibiotics aren’t effective against viruses, are very expensive in many cases and may well be responsible for the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant disease.
  • When you are faced with a necessary prescription, try to get your doctor to go generic. Generics are usually considerably cheaper and work equally well.
  • With prescription in hand, call several pharmacies and compare their prices. There are surprising differences in the cost, depending on which