Archive for July, 2016

Insurance Doesn’t Always Help with Rx Drug Costs

Posted by on July 28th, 2016

CostsAmerican health care has seen some big changes in the past few years. The growth in the number of high deductible medical insurance plans is one of them. A high deductible insurance plan is a plan with a single person deductible of at least $1,300 or $2,600 for a family. Since Obamacare came into force more people than ever have health insurance coverage. However, for many people the only plans which are affordable are low premium, high deductible insurance plans.

From 2006 to 2010 the number of American workers enrolled in high deductible plans grew from 4 percent to 25 percent. By 2014 the number of people aged 65 enrolled in a high deductible insurance plans reached 36.9 percent. The number of employers offering these insurance plans increased from 53 percent to 75 percent between 2010 and 2015.

As high deductible insurance plans become more common, people will end up paying out of pocket for more medical expenses. In fact, out of pocket health care spending totaled over $416 billion and is expected to increase by another 8 percent per year and is expected to hit $608 billion in 2019. Americans are feeling the financial pinch.

Prescription drug prices are a big driver of health care costs. This is true especially of drugs taken for chronic conditions. With higher deductibles becoming the norm, many people are looking for ways to help keep their costs down. Many find ordering prescription drugs through Canada can help them save money.

Canada Drugs fills thousands of prescriptions for patients every year and has saved Americans a lot of money. If you’re wondering if Canada Drugs can help you save money on your prescription drugs, please contact us, we’d be happy to provide you with a quote.


Keeping Cool in Summer Heat

Posted by on July 26th, 2016

 

A heat wave has blanketed the American Mid-West and East Coast recently. With temperatures in the mid to high 90s, and occasionally breaking into the 100s, it can be a very uncomfortable and dangerous time. Periods of high heat can be deadly; in the decade from 1999 to 2010 extreme heat caused 7,415 deaths in the United States. In times of extreme or excessive heat those most vulnerable to negative health implications are infants, young children, seniors, and those with high blood pressure or heart disease.

NOAA (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/heat-illness.shtml)

It’s important to remember DO NOT leave any people or pets in a car on a hot day. If it’s 90°F outside, the temperature in a car will reach 109°F in 10 minutes and 124°F in 30 minutes. It may seem like common sense but unfortunately it isn’t. In 2016 alone there have already been 23 child vehicular heatstroke deaths in the US.

It is important to take action to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat stroke in particular can be very serious and often requires emergency medical treatment. With hot temperatures expected to continue it is important to take steps to keep you cool this summer. Here are some selected tips from the Centers for Disease Control on how to keep cool during the summer.

Keep cool using these tips:

  • Drink more fluids regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
    • Infants and young children
    • People aged 65 or older
    • People who have a mental illness
    • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
  • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Cut down on exercise.
  • Try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

Consumer Reports Identifies the Cause of High Drug Prices

Posted by on July 5th, 2016

A new report by Consumer Reports confirms Americans continue to struggle with high prescription drug prices. They are being forced to cut back in critical areas to save money on their prescriptions. People are buying fewer groceries, relying more on high interest credit cards, skipping doses or simply not taking the medication they’re prescribed. It’s a pretty stark reality. The high price of prescription medication is putting your standard of living at risk or destroying it altogether. The article identified five reasons for the rise in prescription drug costs.
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  1. Drug companies can charge whatever price they want.
  2. Insurance companies are charging people more.
  3. Old drugs are being reformulated as new drugs.
  4. Generic drug shortages can trigger massive price increases.
  5. Rarely prescribed specialty drugs account for a big chunk of prescription drug costs.

Many solutions have been put forward but they all take time, time you do not have. While politicians debate long term solutions to this problem, Americans need relief now. Personal importation of prescription drugs is an immediate and effective solution to this problem. Millions of Americans know that first hand. Thousands have ordered with Canada Drugs and achieved incredible savings. If you, or someone you know, are struggling with prescription drug costs, you do not have to continue to suffer. Please take a moment and check out our website or give us a call at 1-800-226-3784 and see if we can help you and your family save money.