13 January 2012

The Effects of Middleman in the Health Care System

This post brought to you by Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

Local pharmacies is a big help most especially to the elderly since they don’t have to go far to get their prescriptions refilled. But with the recent negotiation fallout between Walgreens and Express Scripts it seems that it will become a big headache to everyone now. This will become a big hassle in the health plans of the customers not only that they might change their pharmacist but also they have to live inconveniently considering that Walgreens have more 24-hour and drive-thru pharmacies than any other.

Although not all patients will be affected in this issue and only those insurance plan holders managed by Express Scripts are affected. Check the back of your prescription insurance card if it has Express Scripts’ name on it and if not then you are not affected. Despite the situation, Walgreens are making steps to minimize the disruptions of their services by offering a special discount on annual membership. So the January promotion for Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens will only be $5 and $10 for individual and family membership, respectively.

Not only are the ordinary customers affected in the situation but also that in the Tricare network because it takes care the health and prescription drug program of the US military personnel and their dependents.
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