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How To Minimize The Cost Of Obtaining A Written Prescription


You do not have to have a face-to-face visit with a doctor in order to get a prescription. Following are less expensive alternatives to consider:

  • Contact a doctor on line. There are a number of sites which provide what is called telemedicine. Fees as usually a good deal less than seeing a doctor face-to-face. For example:
  • Consult another type of medical provider who has prescribing authority who costs less than a doctor. For example, a nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioners have  ome level of prescribing authority in every state. You can locate a nurse practitioner through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners at offsite link
  • Physician assistants are allowed to prescribe medications in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Many states limit their ability to prescribe certain controlled substances. To find a physicians assistant in your area, go to a web site such as offsite link. Look for the Physicians Assistant Directory. 
  • Communicate with your doctor about your drugs and the effects by fax or e-mail. Generally, doctors do not charge for interactions by e mail or fax. Even if the doctor charges for the time, it will be much less than the charge for an office visit.
  • If you have to see a doctor, consider seeing a primary care doctor instead of a specialist. Primary care doctors usually charge less per visit than a specialist.

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