Thursday, April 07, 2011

The cost of not having insurance

Wowsers, I got my Nasonex prescription refilled at Walgreen's tonight. It cost me $118 and change. My top-tier medical insurance through my former company only cost me about $182/month. When I had that good insurance, the Nasonex was $10. There is no generic for Nasonex at this time, and I have to be able to breathe on a daily basis during allergy season, so I guess I'll just grin and bear it. I make the bottle last far longer than its 30 days, so perhaps I'll have real insurance again before I have to refill it. The pharmacist did sign me up for a Walgreen's insurance program, which is just $20. And it saved me $23 off this one item, so I'm already $3 ahead and can use it for a year as well as get 10% put back onto the insurance card once I receive it.

I have an in-person interview on Tuesday with PetsMart, which is something I think I would enjoy and is a company that is making a profit and is expanding. I need a stable or growing company, so this would be a good move to run one of their stores. The phone screening went well, and now I'm interviewing with another person. I think I'm better in person than on the phone, so I plan on wowing him. I'll let you know how it goes.

In other news, everyone boo'd when Pia was voted off American Idol tonight. Yes, she is a fantastic singer and comes across as a lovely person, but the winner of AI is not always the most talented or most deserving. Stefano and Hailey grate on me, so I won't lose any sleep if they go. I don't care one way or the other about Paul, Jacob, or James. I adore Scotty, Lauren, and Casey. I believe I want Casey to win.

That is all for now.


Jilly said...

I liked how nasonex worked for me, but it gave me a roe throat and nosebleeds, so I had to quit it. WITH the best insurance on the market, my asthma med copays are $100 a month. Recently, they released one med in generic, so that'll save a bit on the copay front, but not much. If I didn't have insurance, my meds alone would total up to $1200-$1500 a month. Each doctor visit to get the meds would be about $150-$200 w/o insurance. I'm so blessed to have insurance (and GOOD insurance too) and I know it.

I hope you'll get a new job with benefits before you have to keep spending full price for meds and dr visits. Walmart has $4 scripts on a lot of things, but their glasses program is a big scam. I think k-mart and target have hopped on the $4 script wagon recently to compete. I don't think nasonex is available in the $4 program though, but if you get an infection or something, most antibiotics are. My sister uses them for her hubby's diabetes meds and says the line-waits are killer, but worth the savings.


melissatheragamuffin said...

My asthma inhaler is on the $4 list at Wallyworld. So far, the inhaler and Zyrtek are the only meds I take.

emma said...

To state the obvious: There is something drastically wrong with the US medical care system.


I don't watch AI anymore....I cannot stand that Diva JLo and I'm sad Simon isn't there...It would be like having a Survivor with Jeff Probst

Catz said...

most definitely. doesn't look like it's going to get better.