Thanks to SingleCare for partnering with me for today’s post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
A few years ago, I came down with the flu and both of my kids also came down with it at the same time. As a mom, I always worry when my kids are sick, but I was particularly worried about my youngest, as she was only 6 months old at the time. Babies can’t have all that many medicines, but I took her to the pediatrician just in case there was something that could help.
She prescribed a medicine that is similar in function to Tamiflu, though safe for infants. She did acknowledge that the flu may be too far along for the medicine to be helpful, but it was worth a shot. I was so grateful to have something to at least be able to try, so I headed to the pharmacy to fill her prescription, along with the ones for myself and my older child.
As it turned out, the 3 day supply of medicine for my baby that might or might not work anyway was $80, and that was just my co-pay cost. I was completely shocked and actually burst into tears on the spot (I also was sick with the flu, so a feather really could have knocked me over at this point). I called the pediatrician back and asked her advice. Of course I would do anything I could to help my baby, but the costs were starting to spiral. The doctor was actually a bit horrified that the medicine was so expensive and she looked around her office and realized that she had enough samples on hand and asked me to come back and pick them up for free.
That was lucky for us, but I know not everyone can be so lucky when faced with high medication costs, especially if it’s a medication that you need to take for a longer period of time. This is where SingleCare comes into play to really help out. SingleCare is a prescription savings plan, as well as a savings plan for dental and vision appointments, as well as online doctor visits. It’s completely free to join and can offer savings of up to 80%. It is designed to help out in situations exactly like the one I found myself in when a needed drug didn’t have a generic (read: affordable) alternative. SingleCare is accepted at over 35,000 pharmacies including some of the most popular destinations like Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and Kroger. Use it just like you would your insurance card and compare the discounts you can be offered. There are reports by members of SingleCare even offering higher discounts than they could get through their insurance plan, so even if you are satisfied with your insurance, it’s great to have SingleCare so that you can compare prices and always get the better deal.
And if you don’t have dental and vision insurance, you can use this card at SingleCare providers and be offered discounts to make your visits more affordable. This is a fantastic resource to have so that you don’t find youself faced with full priced medication or doctor visits, as those can quickly bust your budget.
No parent ever wants to have to choose between getting bills paid and getting needed care for their child. SingleCare is a great free service to help ensure that you don’t have to make that choice.