Active duty/Retiree Ping.
I'm on a Medco plan, and nothing is as convenient as clicking a box on a website and taking the pills out of my mailbox a few days later. My Dr. sends the scrips via the internet to Medco, I approve the payment via their website, and they ship. That's for the chronic illness stuff I take every day. If I need a short termer, I can get it at WalMart or wherever.
But I guess government is just different ...
It's kind of like when Obama decides to spend money on unions and says he is "investing".
Funny, I just had a patient call today in regards to her Tri-Care dental benefits. I tried to explain to her they only cover 50%. She was not happy.
She called back, stating she spoke w/ them and they cover 100%. I took out her eob’s and told her exactly what was charged, told her they lied to her and they only cover 50% of her root canals.
Told her to look at her eob’s (which most people don’t understand, especially the elder ones). I gave her the breakdown of “patient pays”.
She said she couldn’t afford that and would have to make payments, which I said “of course, that’s not a problem”.
The MAJOR problem I face is that people, young and old think their medical/dental coverage covers 100%, which is bs.
Unless of course your on medicaid.....or decide not to pay for sh!t!
Ha ha ha of course not ... I crack myself up.
Tricare by mail is OK for meds for on-going needs, but when you’re constantly changing meds it would be a burden on the elderly, and I don’t see how they could even do it with some pain killers that require the patient to sign for the prescription and sign again for the delivery. We’ll see how it goes. Shame it has come to this - shortchanging vets reflects poorly on the nation, but most here know that.
My Mom has Tricare for Life. Her copays jumped up by ten dollars a script a few months ago..November, IIRC..So, it’s going to jump more?
Co-pays for brand name drugs at mail order also would jump to $26 from $9, for a 90-day supply, and then climb slowly to $34 by October 2016.
I have absolutely no problem with higher co pays for Brand Name drugs if there is a generic that can treat the problem effectively.
I am a pharmacist and pay 86 dollars co pay for a 90 day fill of Dexilant which is dexlansoprolol. This irritates the hell out of me. I had failed therapy on other generics in this medicinal class.
As a pharmacist I always encourage people to take the generic equivalent or the generic in the same class. However, their are certain situations in which there is no alternative to the Brand Name drug.
Zero fee hikes for Obama's protected voting block:
Bend over and grab your ankles, Vets!
I’ve always gotten any meds we needed through the mail or at the MTF. I didn’t even realize there was an option of getting them at a civilian pharmacy.