Saturday, June 6, 2009

Invaluable assistance paying for Medications

Everyone knows that medication costs are outrageous, especially for the uninsured. When Rick urgently needed a medication to treat an infection, with the cost of $150/day, we were in a panic. The doctor was recommending a minimum 10 day supply of the meds, or he would have to admit Rick to the hospital again. Fortunately, thanks to the Be Well! zine we knew about a website called NeedyMeds that helped us find a program that would pay for part of the cost of the medication. Rick's oncology nurse wasnt even aware of the program!

NeedyMeds is a 501(3)(c) non-profit with the mission of helping people who cannot afford medicine or healthcare costs. The information at NeedyMeds is available anonymously and free of charge. Users of the site can search by medication or drug company name, as well search to find disease-based assistance programs. There are even resources on the site for patient advocates, healthcare providers, and those with insurance.

If you or someone you know is having trouble paying for their medications, be sure to check out NeedyMeds to see if there is a program that may be helpful!

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