Medication: This Really Disturbs Me!

By Latest Reply 2009-01-11 15:01:10 -0600
Started 2008-12-06 06:46:54 -0600

Why isn't there a way for people who can not afford it, to get medication. I thought I had read that some drug manufactures offer it for free, but I see more and more that people have never been able to afford to take medication, or have stopped taking because they can not afford it.
This has been in more and more discussions and replies lately; and I am wondering why no-one does anything to help people out.
Doesn't anyone have any suggestions on how to help these people to get the medication they need. I am not rich, but so far, can afford medication, but like everyone else; the new insurance coverage is costly and rates have increased incredibly, so I don't know what next year will bring either. But for right now, I still worry about those who seem like they have no options. So if you have any advice; please feel free.

33 replies

Kathy Cook
Kathy Cook 2009-01-10 22:17:07 -0600 Report

For those of you who can't afford medication why not try to find a government agency to help?

For example, I live in NJ & I get my help from P.A.A.D. This stands for Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled. This is not for everybody, of course, but I'm sure that there are other ways to get help.

I'm going to try to find out more information about these things, at least in New Jersey.

G Thomas
G Thomas 2009-01-10 21:44:27 -0600 Report

I have learned recently that a senior care org. call Joe's Club is a great source of info. 1866-563-2582 Interactive Programs for Elders. They have a program that you pay for and they have programs for those on medicare /medicaid. If you have both you are covered period for any program. They assist with getting you to the right place getting meals, meds. everything. I will start with them for my mom. They pick up and deliver. You can even get a bracelet through them like ones for your pet with the chip and its registered with the police for tracking. CALL THE NUMBER!!!! OH! I almost forgot . Also look for a Health Alliance Clinic. I go to one and my visits are 14.00 and they charge you by your income. Take w2,last three pay stubs/ or SSI paper from Social Security office or what ever they ask . I also have a Walgreens member ship card for medicine's. 20.00 a year for you and one other member/pet. Or 30.00 for the family. No one on medicaid/medicare can apply for this. The card gets you 10% off on Walgreens products. And your meds are only 10.99 unless you get more than a 90 day supply. The most I have paid is 17.70 for 120 pills. CVS now has the same program. My husband s first heart attack broke us back in 06. We applied for help for him at the food-stamp office for them to pay his 98.00 premium a year for medicines. We can't afford to lose that from his SSI check each month. So, food-stamps office helps by paying his monthly premium and they pay for anything happens in the hospital or doctors office. His co-pay is 2.00 for visits. I was out of work for 4 months then I got a job and we have been out since a week before xmas. They went back on 1/7. I am still out until the first when Joe's club starts with mom.Any clinic that take you due to loss of insurance does it by income. Most people that have never been in this shape don't know which way to turn.. I know people that hardly pay for anything because of the organizations that are out there for these reason. I like it when people help one another. Suddenly you find yourself immense in blessing from every way they turn.

sexyswamprat 2009-01-10 20:28:23 -0600 Report

I don't really have a solution but I do have a elderly couple that live next door to me who can't really afford their perscriptions. My husband and I have been very fortunate money wise so I take them at the beginning of every month to Wal-mart and buy their perscriptions for them. It's about 300$ a month. But if it means that they are in good, or I should say better health because of it, it's worth every penny.

Carol11 2009-01-06 14:18:25 -0600 Report

I live in Ontario and thank heavens I do, I would be bankrupt otherwise with all the medical problems I've had over the past 20 months. Of course there are issues, there always are. But I can say that I have been dealt with pretty fairly and have had only a few out-of-pocket expenses.

mike67 2009-01-11 15:01:10 -0600 Report

i hope that this is the year that america wakes up to better healthcare ,france,belgium,germany,and canada have the best healthcare in the world,we can learn from them.

2008-12-30 13:44:51 -0600 Report

Try Partnership for Prescription Assistance (sponsored by Montel Williams). Also, try Eli Lilly, Johnson and Johnson, and some of the other drug companies. They have helped me. has also been a help. Go to WebMD and see if they have any links to help. Also ask your dr. if they have any info for you, or free samples. Also ask your pharmacist if they have any info for you.

mike67 2008-12-30 00:16:58 -0600 Report

yes i do have a suggestion for all the uninsured,its long over due for health care to be socialised its the only way everyone will have it period.i have looked at all other ways none even come close. m.b.

Anonymous 2008-12-30 05:37:57 -0600 Report

I am not so sure what is going to happen to healthcare in 2009, but I can not imagine it getting better. I know how you feel and wish I had advice for you

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-30 14:02:44 -0600 Report

I'm sorry, but I have several friends in Canada, where health services ARE socialized. The horror stories abound… waiting MONTHS for simple treatments, etc. I know that there is another solution to the problem than turning to socialized medicine.

mike67 2008-12-31 14:23:01 -0600 Report

dear sparrow, from the info i have seen from canada there is less wait there than here. i have not been to canada, but have only seen the news clips from there health care centers.i personally will take socialised medician any day over the capitalistic medical system,. but respect your ideas as well. there has to be a better way than american health care for only the wealtest, friends,mb.

2008-12-31 16:19:50 -0600 Report

I am so worried with the economy that a lay off could be an option anyday. Even if you are vested. You still have to have insurance and medical care. I wish I could find an answer for everyone, but there does not seem to be.

mike67 2008-12-31 16:51:38 -0600 Report


2009-01-06 15:44:34 -0600 Report

It is like the vietnam war all over again, except instead of draft dodgers running there, we are all going to run there for medical issues soon. How is it that Canada can do this kind healthcare for its' people and we can not. Our free nation. We are one nation under God; shouldn't we be treated equally under God?

mike67 2009-01-07 15:11:40 -0600 Report

i can not understand how in america health care is a privledge for the wealthy,as the economy gets worse and more people become uninsured and diabetes is on the rise we will see the beginning of the end of capitalisim as we know it, i do believe and i long for the day that healthcare will be for every american regardless of income.its long over due that all people have a right to medical care.just look at some of the salaries of the nurses,doctors,and specialist its unreal.

dj7110 2009-01-07 15:26:43 -0600 Report

I agree something needs done bad here in the states.. currently on medicare and run into trouble everytime i hit the gap and loose all insurance coverage for meds.. end up reusing needels and all to make way threw it.. could go to VA to see about help too but nearest VA hospital to me is over 150 miles away.. so always stuck trying to make my way threw the gap of no coverage on medicare

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-06 09:42:50 -0600 Report

Drug companies do tend to make their medications affordable to people who can't afford it through their pharmacy. Usually, you have to write a "letter of hardship" explaining to the company why you can't afford the medication through the pharmacy.

Also, check with your physician about getting some of his "samples". The drug companies leave samples of their medications with the doctors (so that they can get patients started on the medication). A lot of times, they have extras.

NormaJean 2008-12-06 17:27:31 -0600 Report

When I lost my job I had no insurance,my doctor's visit costed 75.00 I told her I didn't have the money to pay for the visit,or my medication so she gave me 2 months supply of Lipitor,I had enough Met to last for a while.Anyway I didn't have to pay for the visit.
Now I have to do some labwork and am due for A1c test for my cholesterol.I now have limited medical coverage and am not sure how much out of pocket I will have to pay.I will talk to my doctor about it she is a wonderful person.

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-30 14:00:01 -0600 Report

You should also consider your local health clinic. I know most people feel that health clinics are for "street people". Not true! Health clinics are for ANYBODY who can't afford to pay for doctors and medications. If I were you, I would check into them.

2008-12-30 14:04:59 -0600 Report

I have used my local Health Dept. on several occasions. I have gotten free pap tests, mammograms, flu shots, and many other services. Do not be ashamed to use the Health Department. It is for EVERYONE!!!

GabbyPA 2008-12-06 08:44:30 -0600 Report

Yep, we are one of the wealthiest contries in the world and our people are without medical care and that is becoming more and more of an epidemic. For myself, it is not so much the medications that are out of reach, I have perscription cards that can help me. My probelm is affording getting to a doctor to get my lab work done. That is a huge amount of money that they are not willing to take payments on, so I do without. It scares me a lot, specially the older I get. But it is what it is. And to be honest, I am tired of fighting it.

We need to get back to a system where the doctors really care, insurace companies are not "god" and the people can pay with the means they have. Suing doctors should become less of a common practice so they don't live in fear. We are just so very messed up.

I have a friend who has insurance and they are not going to cover a surgery she requires. So go figure! Having it is not such a life saver then is it?

2008-12-06 16:43:09 -0600 Report

A lot of doctors will cut office visit bill in half if you expalain situation. And your local hospital should have chariety care, so any of your blood work will be written off, as long as it is hospital work related, and some of the doctors in the hospital will as well. All you do is call the hospital and ask for the billing department, then a form for chariety care.

GabbyPA 2008-12-06 17:10:06 -0600 Report

Oh, that sounds great. I will call them tomorrow. I didn't know they did that. I have already tried the doctor's office, but they won't budge...bummer.

2catty 2008-12-30 00:50:00 -0600 Report

Not in my neck of the woods you can't. They say no money then we turn it over to the collection agency and garnish wadges or sue.

mike67 2008-12-31 14:25:05 -0600 Report

hey, i had the same problem with many of the health clinics here in mississippi,i have so many garnishments from medical clinics all i can see is bankruptcy. m.b.

Anonymous 2008-12-06 08:30:51 -0600 Report

Some drug manufaturers do offer free medications. If you are taking one you can contact the maker and explain your situation. The PPA that MOntel Williams does is another options. Also, Walgreens and Wal Mart offer the 4 dollar generics. Someone shoiuld get the list and take to your doctor and maybe they can provide those options instead. But I do not think there are pain pills on there. But alot of other stuff is. I have seen the list at Walgreens it is long. Plus I think they offer 12 dollar 3 month supply also.

Anngelia 2009-01-10 10:13:46 -0600 Report

The discount generic programs are great but I dont think there are drugs that come in a generic form for diabetes. At least not for type 1. I pray that someone will tell me I am wrong on that one. But I have yet to find a generic insulin or a generic test strip.

2catty 2009-01-10 18:43:05 -0600 Report

They don't have generic insulin that I know of but they do have store brand testing strips.

dj7110 2009-01-10 19:10:21 -0600 Report

yep.. also there are mailorder supplier places to recieve test strips cheap.. I recieve mine threw a place called DR Diabetic Suplies from Florida. covers them 100% threw my insurance when I had a copay when I recieved them threw the pharmacy.

SweeTiePie - 23354
SweeTiePie - 23354 2008-12-06 08:27:05 -0600 Report

This has always been a pet peeve of mine, also. Sometimes if you know the manufacturer of the drug, you can go online to see if they offer that medication as a part of their free med program and if so, then the qualifications for eligibility should be available to see if you can get it thru that program. There are several pharmaceutical programs that assist with purchase of meds, sometimes Pharmacists or Physicians are aware of special trials or are able to actually give you samples of meds provided them by drug companies.Every state, county is different, so may have to inquire at local township, county assistance offices. It is a continuing problem that the price of our medicines in this country are so outrageous. Personally, I feel it is almost criminal that people are unable to get medications they need to survive because of drug companies high prices. We need to keep writing and calling our legislators to get this sort of thing under control. Sorry, I'll step down off my soapbox now. Don't mean to be offensive to anyone, but we need our government to be on the side of it's citizens and not be so concerned with politics of big business.

mike67 2008-12-31 14:27:44 -0600 Report

hi, your so right. we need a complete change in our healthcare here in the usa. i have never seen the amount of people losing everything because of healthcare and medication cost. m.b.