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Pharmacies, Physicians, and Rising Prices


The spread of COVID-19 in the Reading area has triggered the spread of concerns about the rising costs of healthcare, including doctor visits and medications. If you haven’t already done so, now may be the time to have a talk with your pharmacist and your physician about your concerns regarding the price of pills and the value of visits. Often, there are ways to save money without compromising quality.


Talk with your doctor


Although the idea may seem uncomfortable at first, you should talk with your doctor soon about your concerns, preferably before your next visit. Rest assured, in the confusing world of healthcare, there is little that he or she hasn’t already heard. Prepare by checking your coverage and benefits, and list any questions and concerns you have. If treatment or checkups are involved, ask for clarification of any terms you don’t understand, the necessity of the treatment, and available discounts and savings. There may be cash discounts, finance plans, or government assistance available. Perhaps the physician can prescribe generic drugs instead of name brands that are generally more expensive due to marketing and other costs. Both you and your doctor want to make the best investment in your health, both physically and financially.


Ask your pharmacist


People are complaining about seemingly out-of-control drug costs, and those statements have reached your druggist’s ears. There are several ways to cut medicine costs, so check to see if they are available in your area.


  1. Most pharmacies will match the cash price of a medication if you can prove you’ve found it cheaper somewhere else.
  2. Manufacturers of brand-name drugs sometimes offer discount cards you can take to your pharmacy. Make sure you check to see if they can be used with, or instead of, other plans, like Medicare and Medicaid.
  3. There are websites, like GoodRx, that help you save money, even if you have insurance. Shop around!
  4. Mail-order plans are offered by insurance companies, but there are often requirements like getting a new prescription and ordering a 3-month supply each time. This option can save you the time and expense of traveling to a brick-and-mortar pharmacy.
  5. Membership-based stores like Costco and Sam’s Club usually offer discounted prescription prices. You can shop at their pharmacies even without a membership.

Some physicians and pharmacists may courteously inform you of financial options, but many are busier than ever, and the field has become so complicated, that it’s best for you to take the initiative to inquire. Remember, if you can talk about your intimate health details, you can certainly voice your financial concerns!


The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ created Sacred Heart Villa (formerly St. Michael Convent) in 2003 with the vision of providing a personal care home for the Sisters and other seniors of southeastern Pennsylvania. The Sisters renovated St. Michael in order to create 35 personal care residential rooms. Sacred Heart Villa officially opened her doors to her first new residents in May 2004, with space for 57 Sisters and 40 other senior residents.


The facility has two residential buildings, a remodeled dining room, a new fireside lounge, library, café, and beauty shop. The chapel remains in the middle of the facility for it truly is the Heart of the community. Each new residential room provides an individual with privacy, safety, and security in an environment of beauty and grace. Mass is celebrated each day and is open to the public.


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