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The Donut Hole -

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    I've been on medicare now for about 7 years, and as I recall, the donut hole was SUPPOSED to get smaller.

    What I've found, however is that it appears to be getting WIDER. You get in with the sum of your out of pocket, and the Insurance company's payments, but you get out based ONLY on your own out of pocket. I was already in the hole in April, and it's gonna take another $3000 out of pocket to get out, so I won't be out until September. Last year I Never got out. I'm wondering what changed ovwer the last two years.

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    Under the Insurance glossary we call it co-insurance. If you pay enough, they will start to help.


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      2 things you can definitely look to do to, to reduce your pharmaceutical expenses. There are ******** Discount programs online that are legit, and can offer discounts to patients that are very significant. Its all legit, as they negotiate with the chains for lower prices. If someone has good insurance, and shows their insurance card for a $100 prescription and there is a $20 copay, the insurance company pays less, usually a lot less, than the $80 difference.

      Second thing you can do is to complain to your prescribing doctor. There is often more than one drug for whatever condition you have, and the prices of the options can be all over the board. In addition, doctors have pharm reps visit them all the time, giving them free samples of new nostrums that they have come up with. They are glad to move them out of their offices if they have them.