I wanted to share this story with you because there are probably a lot of misinformed people out there, like I was prior to last Friday afternoon, and this could potentially save people some serious cash.
Where to start? I have IBS…which manifests itself daily if I’m eating anything other than rice or oatmeal, in a very painful call for attention. Because of this, I take (anti-spasmodic) pills to eat pretty much every meal. I had to up my dosage on my own a few months ago because one wasn’t doing the trick–DR is fine with this, but my insurance will only cover 120 pills every 30 days. I take a minimum of 6 pills a day, you do the math.
I have been paying out of pocket for this…it’s about $40, which isn’t bad, considering it’s the difference between a great meal and just eating oatmeal 3 times a day. But $40 adds up. My DR suggested I try Costco for the prescription and said 120 pills should run about $30-40. I figured if that was the going rate, I would just be lazy and keep paying CVS. He wrote me a paper prescription anyway, should I ever want to try Costco.I decided to call Costco, for s—s and giggles, to see how much they charged. The nice Costco pharmacy girl looked it up and said, “Seven twenty-three”.
“Excuse me, can you repeat that? I think you just said seven, as in DOLLARS, but I want to make sure you didn’t say seventy?”
“Nope, SEVEN DOLLARS AND TWENTY THREE CENTS”.
“WHAT?! Are you joking? I’ve been paying CVS $40 for that prescription!”
“Yeah, we get that a lot. Are you a Costco memeber?”
“No, I’m not.”
“That’s fine, but if you were the scrip would cost FIVE DOLLARS”.
“I think I can swing the $7. I’ll be RIGHT over.”
So I dropped off my prescription and didn’t even bother giving them my insurance card because my scrip plan is $10…and, well, $7 is better than that! I waited 30 minutes (in the book section…i could spend a whole day there!)…and got my scrip for $7.
I realize this is way long for the conclusion here, but I’ve probably paid out of pocket for that scrip at least 5-6 times since I started having to do that in April. Which means I have given CVS approximately $240…when I could have saved $198 if I’d gone to Costco in the first place.
CVS NO MORE!!
The moral: for people who don’t have prescription plans or who have to pay out of pocket for some meds, chances are it’s cheaper at Costco.
Also, you DO NOT have to be a Costco member in order to get prescriptions there! I’m thinking this might be a little known fact. Or that I am the last idiot to know.
The only problem is if you are waiting around for your scrip(s) and killing time walking around the store seeing all the good deals on food, clothes, booze, books, etc…that prescription might cost you an additional $50-$100 for the membership and the cost of whatever it is you’ve found while waiting that you just HAVE TO BUY, because you cannot buy anything without the card…just prescriptions.
(sorry for the novel)