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In our previous post, we discussed the rising costs of medications and how they are impacting our senior population. Unfortunately, regardless of how high the manufacturer makes the cost of a prescription, many seniors will still need to take that prescription to manage their health and maintain their quality of life. While there isn’t much we can do about the rising costs prescription manufacturers continue to place upon needed medication, there are a few things you can do to help cut costs on your medications. Here are a few tips to help seniors cut back on the cost of prescriptions:

Find Out If There Is An Alternative Medicine Available

While there are some medications that do not have generic equivalents available on the market, there are many medications that have generics. However, doctors don’t always think to write the prescription for the generic equivalent, so you may have to speak up and ask your doctor if there is one available. If there is no generic equivalent for the specific medication you are taking, ask your doctor if there is another alternative medication that treats the same condition. Make sure you are informed of all medication options available for the condition you are treating so you can make a well-informed decision.

Get The Right Medicare Prescription Coverage

When entering retirement and going on Medicare, it is very important for seniors to do their research and ensure they are choosing the right Medicare plans for their needs. When making these decisions, think not only about the care you need now, but also about the care you could need in the future. When it comes to choosing your Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, it is important to know that while every provider must follow certain guidelines set by Medicare in their plan, not every plan is the same. The prescription drug plan that will be right for you often varies depending on the prescriptions you are taking. Having the right Medicare Part D plan can save you a significant amount of money on your prescription drug costs throughout the year.

Search For Coupons And Discounts

There are many different ways to find coupons and discounts on prescriptions. The first thing you can do is ask your doctor if the manufacturer of the prescription has provided them with any samples or with any coupons for the drug. There are also pharmacy discount cards and coupon websites that can help save you up to 80% on the retail cost of the prescription drugs. Sometimes, the pharmacy you use may also have their own savings or discount program. You should speak with both your doctor and pharmacist about any cost saving recommendations they have.

Senior Living At Mease Manor

At Mease Manor Retirement Community we are committed to helping every one of our residents access the care and treatment they need to maintain the best quality of life possible. We have options to meet every senior living need – from independent living to assisted living, we provide the best senior living options in the Dunedin area. Contact us online or call us at 727-738-3000 to schedule your personal tour today!

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