What to Do When Your Doctor Prescribes a New Medication

So you’re at the doctor’s office for a check-up, but something’s amiss.  The doc says you need to start taking a medication to treat the new issue at hand.  What should you do? Do you run to the pharmacy and fill the prescription? Depending on the situation, that may be necessary.  But if it isn’t particularly urgent, we have a few recommendations that can hopefully save you time and money.

#1 – Address your health concern naturally 

This isn’t always the correct route, but the first question you should ask your doctor is, “Could I fix my issue with changes to my eating habits and lifestyle?”  If the doctor agrees this is an appropriate first step, then go for it.  But only with your doctor’s approval. If the issue is more serious, then move on to #2.

#2 – Inquire about alternative prescription drug options 

Doctors have their favorite prescription drugs to address certain issues.  But there is typically more than one medication available to treat each condition.  Your doctor might prescribe a generic drug or a brand name drug. Brand name drugs typically cost more than generics, so you want to be extra careful if you’re prescribed a brand name.

Since your doctor doesn’t know the price of every drug and how your insurance plan covers your particular prescriptions, you need to ask for a few alternative drugs when prescribed a brand name drug.  Because if you don’t, you may be in for a big surprise – and a big bill – when you pick up your prescription at the pharmacy. So don’t accept whatever is prescribed to you, especially when it’s a brand name drug.  Consider a generic drug to save you money…as long as your body responds well to the drug and your doctor is okay with it. 

#3 – Compare drug pricing at GoodRx.com

GoodRx.com has become very popular in the past few years.  GoodRx has cash discount deals for prescriptions at many pharmacy chains.  Sometimes it’s actually less expensive via GoodRx than through your Part D prescription drug plan!  And if that’s the case, here’s what you need to do: Show your pharmacist the GoodRx coupon for the particular drug, which you can print at www.goodrx.com or pull up the GoodRx app on your smartphone.

The discount will be applied and you’ll pay the necessary copay like normal.

Please note, you CANNOT use both GoodRx and your Part D prescription drug plan.  It’s one or the other. If you are buying a few prescriptions through your Part D plan and others through GoodRx, be sure to complete two separate transactions at the pharmacy.

When you’re on Medicare, you need to be a little more resourceful when it comes to your prescription drug costs.  But we’re here to help guide you along the way. Contact us for assistance.

Reference Links

www.medicare.gov

www.goodrx.com

Neither Medicare Mindset LLC nor its agents are connected with the Federal Medicare program.