What do birth control pills cost? Indies, chains, and finding the best price

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

As we wrote in an earlier blog post, when you need to fill a prescription, it pays to shop around. What do birth control pills cost? Prices can vary a little or a lot. Compare big box pharmacies, such as Rite Aid, CVS, Costco or Walgreens, with the little independent guys. The same is true […]

Retail clinics may cut into primary care, RAND study finds: Reuters

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

“The health clinics in pharmacies and other retail stores may be convenient, but they may also take a bite out of the traditional doctor-patient relationship, a new study suggests,” writes Amy Norton on Reuters Health. “Retail health clinics operate mainly out of chain pharmacies, but they’re also in some grocery stores and ‘big box’ stores […]

Around the marketplace: Quick hits

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans

Around the marketplace: Quick hits

  I just picked up a prescription for one of my twin daughters. The CVS pharmacy first thought the prescription was for her twin sister, who’s in their computer; the charge was $10. When the person at the counter finally figured out it was a different daughter, who wasn’t in the computer, and changed the […]

Morning Meds

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Morning Meds

I’m new here to ClearHealthCosts, and jumping right into the pharmacy beat. I’m looking forward to it–even for those of us who rarely darken the door of a local hospital may have longtime prescriptions that need to be filled. And like nearly everything in the health care world, figuring out how to get the most […]