It looks like government isn’t the only thing that Americans are increasingly dependent on.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control earlier this month shows that prescription drug use in the U.S. is on the rise, with half of all Americans currently on at least one prescription drug.
Who pays for these drugs? In 2009, U.S. prescription drugs sales topped $300 billion .
Sadly, as the number of people without health insurance rise and as more insurance companies get pickier about the drugs they cover, many cannot afford to pay for these drugs.
There is no question that the rising use and cost of prescription drugs is a major cause of rising health care costs in this country so if we want affordable health care and reform, we must start here, looking for alternatives.
According to the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, generic drugs have saved Americans $734 billion in the last 10 years so ask your health care provider if switching your prescription drug to generic is a good alternative for you.
Websites such as Medtipster allow you to search for discounted generic drug programs available at pharmacies throughout the USA.
Many of these drugs are available for as little as $4 or less.
- If your medication is available through one of these programs, you will see a list of pharmacies with pricing, in your neighborhood.
- If your medication is not on one of the discount generic drug programs they will notify you when it is, or they will suggest a ttherapeutic drug equivalent.
- If your medication is not available in generic form, they will search for drug brand coupons you can print and take to your local pharmacy.
Why pay more than you have to?