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PAlady
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   Posted 7/9/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello family,
I had one tiny good thing happen today and thought I'd share it in case it could help someone else. As most of you know my health insurance ended June 30. So the new crown my dentist just put on last week evidently didn't solve the problem (that is NOT the good news - I think my dentist knows Fatherjohn's Quackologist). So I went back into the dentist Tuesday and asked for an antibiotic (my pharmacist cousin had suggested maybe there was an infection....probably too much to think my DENTIST might actually consider that shakehead ). I brought in WalMart's $4 Rx list and asked if something on there could be used (my cousin said she thought there was). Well after a couple of days of him hemming and hawing about using penicillin (which I'm ALLERGIC to nono - possibility of being related to FJ's Quacktologist increasing) finally today I called back AGAIN and the secretary asked AGAIN what pharmacy do I use. I said you need to tell me what medicaiton he's prescribing so I can call around and check for prices. So she gave me one that was on the WalMart list but with more tablets than the $4 script called for. Called my local CVS and they told me - and this is the tiny bit of good news I wanted to share - they will MATCH WalMart's price. Fact is they told me to call WalMart and find out how much more they would charge for the higher # of pills, and then call them back. Turned out it was $5.73, so I called CVS back and they're matching it. No extra 45 minute trip into WalMart needed.

But I thought it might help others to know perhaps their CVS and other chains would match the WalMart prices. It's even cheaper than a lot of co-pays, so even if you do have insurance maybe it's worth asking. Of course, there are no pain meds and such on the lists.

Didn't mean to go on so long! smilewinkgrin

PaLady

Chartreux
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   Posted 7/9/2009 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I heard that pfzier (sp) a big drug manufacturer was going to help people out who lost their jobs..
So ask your pharmacy about any medications under this maker..Sure hope this helps if not it
was something on the Today Show this morning ( 9 July 2009) in helping out those that loose their jobs...
PALady look into this, maybe it could help you too....
Good Luck and HUGZ....
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White Beard
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   Posted 7/9/2009 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
PALady

I am sure that information will be very helpfull to allot of people! I am glad that you found that out and it helps you! I am allergic to penicillin too and I know you do have to be carefull on what type of antibiotics you take!

PALady I do hope things are working out for you! Keep us posted on what is happening with that crown!
Wishing only the Best for YOU!

White Beard
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


bsjaguar
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   Posted 7/10/2009 3:37 AM (GMT -7)   

I am in Ohio and the Meijer Store pharmacy offer many free antibiotics.  This is not a large chain store though so they may not be in your area.  Just thought this also may help someone.

Jag


fatherjohn
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   Posted 7/10/2009 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
PAlady, I think your idea of getting a list of the meds that a pharmacy is able to offer at a discount and finding out if they have a matching price poicy is a good idea. If we take that list with us to our doctors (I mean real doctors, not quackologists that received their medical degree off of a fruit loops box). I probably should not have insulted Fruit Loops. That way if there is something that we could try that is cheaper might help on the pocket book. I believe Walmart lists their medication on line. This was great advise. How is everything else going for you.

PAlady
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   Posted 7/10/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Char, White Beard, Jag & Fatherjohn.

Yes, FJ, I think you might be insulting Fruit Loops. But I may have to buy some and see if I can get the box with the surprise medical degree inside! :-)

Yes, I printed out the WalMart list from online, which seemed to perplex my "dentist". He is getting big time into cosmetic dentistry so those of us without money and with no interest in having these high tech procedures done so we have a movie star smile don't interest him. Now I have to look for another dentist on top of doctors, but I did just start the antibiotic yesterday. If the tooth feels better, but then the pain comes back I will know he missed the "root" problem. Then that will go to the bottom of the list as there's no money to pay for a root canal now. I will be furious with him if that's the case, as I told him when the temporary crown was on it was still hurting and of course now he's telling me he checked for infections and such. I think they were only concerned with showing me the crown and how nice it looked.

How is everything else going? Well, my computer and HW seem to be talking to eachother again today. For now. Maybe they had some kind of argument I don't know about and I hope they kissed and made up. We'll see.

My focus has been, as you well know, taking care of a laundry list of medical issues and I figured the dental issues would be "taken care of". Well, I've got some professional things now that need update, and then, would you believe, I have to do my taxes (I filed an extension) because everyone wants to see them anymore - I want to apply for some of the low income health insurance but they need a tax return among other things.

You know, I feel like my identity has already been stolen. Sigh.....

PaLady

Chartreux
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   Posted 7/10/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
PALady,
I'll keep my finger's crossed with your computer situations..
Sure hope that tooth situation is getting better for you, tooth pain can be aweful, I had a root canal
done last year, so you do have my empathy, I'll keep you in my thoughts
soft hugz and lots of them...
(((((((((((((((((((((((((PALady))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
Hope your feeling better soon..................
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Post Edited (Chartreux) : 7/10/2009 3:33:39 PM (GMT-6)


opnwhl4
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   Posted 7/10/2009 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
PaLAdy-
I haven't thought of the Walmart list. I see the comercial all the time, but forget about them. Thanks for bringing that up. Hopefully your computer keeps acting right. I was having some small problems accessing this site for a couple days too.
You and Fatherjohn were making my ribs hurt a lot with the Froot Loops stuff! That is some funny stuff there.
I only had tooth pain once when I didn't listen to the dentist in the Navy about my wisdom teeth. I put off having them removed and had to deal with a popcorn piece stuck under one that hadn't come all the way in for 2 days. Then had dry sockets after they were removed. I hope to never have that pain again and feel terrible you are dealing with this for an extended time.

Take care,
Bill

skeye
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   Posted 7/10/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Aww, Palady, I hope that tooth starts feeling better! I think that that dentist shouldn't charge you if you have to get a root canal done now, because he screwed up & didn't fix the problem to begin with, AND caused a new problem! I've been putting off getting my wisdom teeth out for the last two years, because I don't want to have to deal with another problem (that seems to be the way it works with me).

The Walmart list/price matching is a great idea, though. I used Walmart for a while, and fortunately, my doc was good about checking the list for me, before he prescribed. It was really helpful, because at that time I was paying almost the entire cost of the meds out of pocket.

Glad to hear that your computer is behaving today too! Now we just need to make your body behave! ((((((Palady)))))).

hugs,
Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 7/10/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,
I sure agree with you about the dentist "eating" the cost, or at least only charging me what I would have paid when I had insurance. However, this guy is not even acknowledging he contributed. Kept defending himself by saying he took an X-ray, checked for infection, etc. And he's so mercenary he wouldn't even offer me a payment plan for my share of the crown - and that was with knowing I was unemployed. You can really tell a lot about how a doctor runs their practice by things like offering a reasonable payment plan, IMHO. I'm not even sure I want him working on my mouth anymore. Evidently he said he'd have to drill through the NEW crown to do any kind of work. Nice, eh? Oh, well, I'm not going to think about it tonight.

Skeye - if you can make my body behave you'd deserve a medal and then some!!

I hope you start getting more answers and relief, too.

Hugs,

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 7/10/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Drill through the new crown? Are you serious! Okay, now he DEFINITELY should eat the cost! It sure seems like there are a lot of arrogant doctors & dentists out there. They are the worst! What happened to compassion & understanding? I do understand some things from the inside out (due to the medical professionals in my family & working for & with both human & animal docs), but really! I also know that they can, should, and do make accommodations when necessary. At least the good ones.

Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 7/10/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
If the antibiotic doesn't take care of it, I will definitely seek another opinion before having any work done. Course I''d have to pay for even an office visit somewhere else. I'm hoping maybe the antibiotic knocks out the infection.

Yes, I do understand from both sides of the desk, so to speak. (and I know you know that) But I think you're right about the arrogance. And insensitivity. With nearly a 10% unemployment rate, professionals who aren't willing to at least be reasonable (no one's asking to be seen for free!!) in a payment plan are going to see their practices decrease. At least I hope so!

The one nice thing was returning to my local CVS. And knowing they'll match lower prices if I do the shopping around. Fact is when I picked up the antibiotic last night and told the woman at the drive through about my lack of insurance, she voluntarily wrote down the partnership for prescription assistance's phone & website for me. It's such a relief to know that someone will at least do their best to help you out.

PaLady

LLPLUV
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   Posted 7/10/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
My hubby uses the Walmart 4$ list. He gets some of his meds at that cost. Hes like a kid in a candy store if he can save a penny....

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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/10/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Dear PAlady,
 
     Im so glad! What a releif. Save on medicine AND gas. Very cool smilewinkgrin
 
*huggs*
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