Find the lowest dispensing fee
Did you know that pharmacies charge “dispensing fees” to fill your prescription? Different pharmacies charge different amounts—from about $4 per prescription to as much as $16 per prescription.
Dispensing fees are not covered under Core Health, and coverage is limited to $7 per prescription for Health Plus and Health Premium, with a maximum of 5 dispensing fees covered per prescription per year.
To reduce your dispensing fee costs you should do two things:
- Shop for the pharmacy that charges the lowest dispensing fees. You can ask the pharmacist what the dispensing fee is or, in some cases, it will appear on your receipt.
- If you take a drug regularly, ask your doctor to write prescriptions for a 90-day (three-month) supply; that reduces the number of dispensing fees you pay per year.