Wednesday, February 10, 2010
A BOX of Pills
Premiums: $60 per paycheck increased to $83 per paycheck
Patient portion: 10% increased to 15%
Regular visit - $25 increased to $30
Specialist visit - $30 increased to $35
Urgent Care - $25 to $50
Emergency Room - $50 to $75
Prescriptions - OUTRAGEOUS
In order to save money, the company chose a prescription plan that actually costs the employee less for using it, but makes it a pain in the everloving rump to get started on or ultra-costly to use a local pharmacy.
We now have to get our prescriptions through Caremark - a mail-order pharmacy service. To get started on using this service, you have to get prescriptions from your doctor for 3 month-at-a-time refills for a whole year. Then, you have to send them in. Or, you can enter all of them into a website and then Caremark calls your doctor to confirm them. Or, if you can get your doctor to just call them into Caremark, then that's the easiest and fastest. I swear - it took 3 phone calls to Caremark to figure out the best way to get started, a visit to Melon Man's doctor to get the prescriptions, and an Excel spreadsheet to determine the best and most affordable options. In the meantime, Melon Man ran out of pills waiting to see the doctor and for the new pills to arrive and thus was out of meds for about 8 to 10 days. Not good.
However, the really nice benefit to this service is that we get 3 months of prescriptions for the price of two and all our generics are free if ordered through Caremark. Still, it cost $300 for 3 months of meds for him through them. There are actually two meds that it is cheaper to get them from the local pharmacy so we're going that route for those. I figured out how much it would have been for the 3 months if we'd chosen to just keep getting them through the local pharmacy and it was $1,419! OUCH! I certainly hope we don't have to get a prescription for something there on short notice any time soon. That would be expensive, I'm sure - except if there is a generic for it. Then it's only $5 at the pharmacy.
Anyhow, Melon Man's meds arrived today - in a BOX.