Many area hospitals offer community outreach programs where free blood tests are done for basic needs such as glucose, cholesterol, hemoglobin. Under exceptional circumstances a nominal fee is charged. Moreover many hospitals offer free heath screening tests to prevent diseases such as free prostate exam, PSA testing, mammogram, colonoscopy and other tests to check for early cancers. For more information, either call the human resource department of your area hospital or visit you rlocal library where many such free resources are available.
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http://www.togetherrxaccess.com – Get free medicines if a licensed physician has given you a prescription
Where to go for more help
Click on this map and find out what free services your state offers. Many states offer free healthcare for children under the age of 19 and pregnant women.
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One month supply of medicines for $4!
· You are eligible for this program whether or not you have any prescription-drug coverage through your company, under Medicare or any other plan.
· We have recently added 24 new $4 prescriptions.
· Our new Women's Health category features several $9 prescriptions - a significant savings over typical prices.**
· Over the last year since the introduction of this program, 16 states have seen customer savings of $15 million or more.
Complete listing of medicines available for $4 a month at: http://i.walmart.com/i/if/hmp/fusion/four_dollar_drug_list.pdf
Can I buy medicines in Canada or Pakistan and bring them in USA?
Consider Canada. A rider on a recent Homeland Security spending bill makes it legal for a U.S. citizen to bring medicine across the border. The Customs and Border Protection agency has stopped seizing shipments of medicine from Canada and will now concentrate on intercepting counterfeit drugs and narcotics from overseas.
Common Questions about Discount Drug Cards
Q: What are drug Discount Cards?
A: Discount Drug Cards offer discounts on various medical services including medicine. They are not a form of insurance. Some are free while others may involve a hefty fee. They are offered by state government, drug companies, non-profit and for-profit businesses.
Q: How do I pick a discount drug card?
A: Carefully evaluate any and all costs involved, such as handling or shipping fees The fee may add up to more than the discount. When using a free card, it is still important to consider the cost of your medicine - you should always do comparative shopping. Speak with a representative of the plan about concerns and to check if your medicine is included.If you have serval plans or card, your local pharmacist will usually tell you the least expensive way to get your medicine.
Q. Do some stores have pharmacy discount cards?
A: Yes, many larger chains offer medicine discounts to their customers. Wal-Mart and Sam's Club Sam's Club and others, for example, offer some generic prescriptions for $4. These programs do not usually include all generics. Again, the pharmacist should be able to help you pick the least expensive way to buy your medicine.
Q: How much will it cost?
A: While some cards are free, others have annual fees that range from $12 to as high as $100. Some companies that advertise free medicine have a "processing fee" for each prescription.
Q: How much will I save if I use one of these cards?
A: The discounts offered vary widely from 10% to 70% depending on the program and the prescription medicine being purchased.
Q: Will the discount card always give me the lowest price?
A: You may pay more for some brand name medicine, even with a discount, than you would pay for the generic version or you may find the medicine for a lower cost at a different pharmacy.
Q: Will all my medicines be discounted?
A: Not necessarily. This is a consideration if you are paying a fee. Contact the program to see what medicine is available before making a payment.
Q: What precautions should I take when choosing a discount drug card?
Ask the following questions about the discount card:
Is there a contact or customer service number that I can call in case of problems?
What is the refund policy on fees?
If I am being asked to send money, am I certain my medicine is available at a discount?
Is the medicine I need available at no or low-cost through a Patient Assistance Program? (Usually, this would be the better option. Click on Patient Assistance Programs in the menu at the left to learn more)
Are my drugs provided through a mail-order or a walk-in pharmacy? If it's a walk-in, is there one close to me? If it is a mail-order pharmacy, are there additional handling and shipping costs?