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25 October 2008 @ 09:37 am
Yet Another Reason I love England  
Went to the pharmacy in town yesterday, one I'd never been to, but that had a sign on the door saying that payment by credit car was accepted. Well great, I thought. Since I have private health insurance, I always have to pay my meds in full up front and get the money back later. That usually takes a while, so I usually put the meds on credit card, that way I have the money already back by the time my credit card bill arrived. But back to the story. I went in, give them my prescription and asked if I could pay that by credit card. I explained why and pointed out that it said so on their sihn out front. Yes, of course I could do that, the woman said. Since my meds weren't in stock, they said they'd order them for me and I could pick them up the next day. When I went back the pharamacy tomorrow, of course the told me that I couldn't pay by credit card. They wouldn't accept that form of payment with sums that high. Duh! Why do they think that I want to pay by credit card? Abilify is insanly expensive with a pack ~1000€ :-/

What am I supposed to do now? I can't afford that kind of money right now and neither can my parents. I've used an online pharmacy a few times in the past, but it they awfully slow and I don't want to go without my pills for so long.
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ancientcitadel: SGA - Zelenka - Sighancientcitadel on October 25th, 2008 08:24 am (UTC)
Is it possible to withdraw money from the credit card at an ATM? Some cards will allow it for a fee.
Illmanillman on October 25th, 2008 09:08 am (UTC)
Now that you mention it, yeah that's possible with my card. Did that last year when my flight back to Germany got canceled and I needed cash to pay for a bus ticket home. I hadn't thought of that at all.

ancientcitadel: SGA - Zelenka - Big Grinancientcitadel on October 25th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
I'm glad. Sometimes the panic can set in before the brain kicks in to gear. I've had days like that. :)
mikasteelelell: Sighoxbastetxo on October 25th, 2008 10:47 am (UTC)
Can you maybe do the order from online and get samples from your Doctor to hold you though if you run out?

I have to do several of my meds via mail order. It's a pain and occationally, I do run out if I don't order right away. Thankfully, my Doctor is wonderful about getting me samples to tide me through. The down side is I can only get 6 days worth at a time and have to go back if I need more, but still. They get me my meds. What also helps is that my folks and I are some of the same meds that I can borrow from them and give them back.


It's it a pain!!!!

I just had to itemize out what my meds cost for a month and I pay around $200 for my meds and that's just the copays with my insurance!!! That's not counting Doctor appointments or any of my meds I get just as I need them like my heavy duty paim medication.


Illman: CSINY - stellaillman on October 25th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
*hugs back*

That with the samples is a good idea, because I doubt that the online pharmacy will have my order ready and shipping in less than a week. I might just give my doc a call and see if she has any samples of the meds I need. She sometimes has them. If she does, it will be good, especially since my younger sister sees the same doc twice a week and could pick them up for me. Thanks a lot for the suggestion!

But $200 is a lot for your meds! Mine might cost a lot and I always have to pay meds up front, but I get all the money back, partly from the insurance, partly from the government (which employs my parents). It just takes a few weeks :-/
Lisalachli on October 25th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
I can never get my head around your system of getting medication, we honestly moan about having to pay £7.00 odd per item, but that's it.

I see someone else has suggested an idea to you, failing that maybe use a pharmacy in a supermarket where they are used to taking credit cards for such large amounts and won't be phased by it.
Illman: Bones - Brennan bwillman on October 25th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
Pharmacies in supermarkets or drugstores don't really exist here, at least I have never seen inside another store like you have in the UK. It's just a different system here. And most here people do not have to pay their meds in full either, but it depends on what type of insurance you have.

But yeah, I used to moan about those 7-odd GBP as well when I was living in England ;-)
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Illman: Bones - Brennan wtfillman on October 25th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Re: 1000€??
I agree, it's excessive to charge that much for meds. With several meds, this quickly sums up to quite large amounts :-/ Strangely enough the pharmacy where I usually buy my meds never had a problem with me paying that kind of money in cash. I do however have a problem with walking around with that much cash in my wallet.

I guess I could get my doc to write me a script for a smaller amount, but then I'd have to come back more often to get a new script. I guess mail order is the best way to go, even though it's slow.