The other night at our holiday party, the VP of my department asked me if I was still writing my Medicare blog. I told him I had taken a hiatus because I was simply “swamped” at work with a major campaign to entice Medicare beneficiaries to use their plan’s mail-order pharmacy (we call it home delivery pharmacy service).
For the past few weeks, I have been writing several letters that tout the benefits of home delivery in order to convince people who take drugs on a regular basis to switch from their retail pharmacy to mail order. I know for a fact that my company’s Medicare Part D plan bombards our Medicare members with such letters every year. I apologize—it’s not my fault, I swear! I also know that many people are reluctant to switch to mail order—or absolutely refuse to try it—and toss all my hard work in the garbage.
I have to admit I put off using my plan’s mail-order pharmacy at first, simply because I didn’t want to deal with the paperwork involved. I thought it would be a hassle to switch my one prescription from my favorite retail pharmacy. But when I used my plan’s price comparison tool and discovered I would pay about $100 less every 90 days with mail, I immediately made the switch.
Guess what? It wasn’t a hassle at all! The customer service rep did all the work for me–she even called the doctor to get my prescription–and in a few days my medication arrived in a secure package in my mailbox.
I can’t say anything bad about home delivery. I can order up to a 3-month supply of my medication for a lot less money than a 30-day supply at my pharmacy. My drugs arrive in my mailbox, so I don’t have to drive to the pharmacy when I don’t feel well or the weather is bad. And I never have to wait in line to pay because there’s never a line at my mailbox!
If I have to work late, I don’t have to worry about the pharmacy closing before I get home — after all, my mailbox never closes! Best of all, my mail-order pharmacy sends me automatic refill reminders by e-mail, so I never forget when it’s time to refill. I can order refills online, which takes about 2 minutes.
If the above sounds like a pitch, you’re right. But I really believe in it, and know it could save you time and money.
I like to tell my friends and family that using mail order for our drugs is no different from using mail order for buying books (Amazon), DVDs (Netflix), or any other product we buy online. So please don’t throw my letter in the trash – give mail order a try. If you really don’t like it, you can always switch back.