Ask this Question Before You Pay at the Pharmacy

Erin Sandberg
Jun 4 · 2 min read

It could help you save a lot of money.

Before you hand over your credit card to cover your medication’s copay at the pharmacy, ask, “What’s your pharmacy’s cash price for this medication?”

You might be surprised to find that it’s lower than what you’d pay using your health plan.

That’s what happened to Z. Ming Ma a few years ago. how his health plan’s cost for the generic blood pressure medication was $285 for a 90-day supply. By paying the pharmacy’s cash price, he was able to spend only about $40 (get it through for even less).

shows that patients pay more than the actual cost of the drug about 25% of the time when they use their coverage. The study found this practice happens more often with generic medications than it does with brand medications.

While you’re asking about the pharmacy’s cash price, don’t forget to check , too, to see if you can save even more. (We also offer a .)


Blink Health is not insurance. The discount prescription drug provider is Blink Health Administration, LLC, 233 Spring Street, 8th Floor East, New York, NY 10013, (844) 366–2211,


Unscripted

Healthcare and the prescription drug industry are complicated. That’s why Blink Unscripted is here. To help you understand it a little better so you can get and do what you need to be healthy.

Erin Sandberg

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Writer at Blink Health, seeking to help people understand and navigate the prescription drug landscape // Master of Science in Health Communication

Unscripted

Healthcare and the prescription drug industry are complicated. That’s why Blink Unscripted is here. To help you understand it a little better so you can get and do what you need to be healthy.