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Health Savings News – Episode 2: Drug Costs

This a transcript to episode 2 of Health Savings News. In the interest of making the podcast more accessible, we will post transcripts every two weeks as episodes release.


Evan (00:09):

Hello, and welcome to Health Savings News, the podcast about healthcare savings in America and how to save money on the often expensive care all kinds of people need. I’m your host, Evan O’Connor, joined by retired doctors, Rich Sagall and Mike Woods. How’s it going guys?

Rich/Mike (00:23):

Good.

Evan (00:25):

Great. Each episode we discuss healthcare costs in America, offer tips for saving money and relevant news that affects and reflects the expense landscape of healthcare in the United States. Today’s topic is prescription costs. The United States does not regulate or negotiate the price of prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical companies are allowed to set their own prices for any given product, leading to excessive drug prices being the single largest area of healthcare overspending in the U.S. Many drugs cost over $120,000 per year. A few drugs even approach a million dollars annually.

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Health Savings News – Episode 1: Follow Up Appointments

NeedyMeds is excited to launch our new podcast, Health Savings News! In the interest of making the podcast more accessible, we will post transcripts every two weeks as episodes release.

Evan (00:10):

Hello, and welcome to Health Savings News, the new podcast about healthcare costs in America and how to save money on the often expensive care all kinds of people need. I’m your host, Evan O’Connor, joined by retired doctors, Rich Sagall and Mike Woods. Do you guys want to introduce yourselves?

Rich (00:27):

This is Rich. My background is family medicine and occupational medicine, and I am also the co-founder and president of NeedyMeds.

Mike (00:39):

This is Mike Woods. I’m a pediatrician who’s been retired from practice for about 10 years. I’ve spent the time since then in multiple roles. One is a medical editor of patient education literature and a writer of topics for pediatric providers, helping them to keep up to date on the latest medical care. As the special projects coordinator here at NeedyMeds, Health Savings News is one of my special projects. I started researching

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The Costs of Coronavirus

Americans are currently experiencing an epidemic caused by a novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. At the time of publishing, there are over half a million cases of COVID-19 in the United States and more than 20,000 Americans have died. While the numbers continue rising by tens of thousands every day and more states are issuing shelter-in-place advisories or mandatory quarantines, Americans are confused amid misinformation from prominent figures and are at particular disadvantage due to the culture of avoiding going to see a healthcare provider because of high costs.

The first U.S. case of COVID-19 was discovered in late January. By the end of February, there were 24 cases and one American death. In the first few weeks of the outbreak testing was very limited, sometimes as few as 300 for an entire state. It then took time for health officials to realize that the tests they received were flawed, lacking critical components and delivering faulty results

In late February, a Seattle team researching the flu found they could test for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but were running

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2020 Primary Election Primer

We are in the beginnings of an election year in the United States and the first primary votes to determine the Democratic nominee will be cast in the coming weeks. Healthcare costs remain a top concern for voters, and candidates have developed varying proposals to improve healthcare, reform the current system, and reduce healthcare costs in the U.S.

Independent Senator from Vermont and 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders has long championed the ideal of single payer healthcare, often referred to as Medicare for All in the U.S. In a single payer system, the federal government fully covers every service and procedure, including dental, vision, long-term care and abortion, with no out-of-pocket charge to patients. Bernie Sanders has often claimed Medicare for All is the only way to address deeper problems in the United States healthcare system, from medical bankruptcies to high maternal mortality rates, especially among poor and minority women. Senator Sanders has proposed allowing importing medication from abroad at

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Save on your Durable Medical Equipment & Diabetic Supplies

The NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card is adding a new benefit for patients! The NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card can now be used to save 40% on durable medical equipment and diabetic supplies. Our new partnership with My Virtual Doctor allows patients to buy hundreds of items online at a discount when you enter a NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card ID at checkout. You can now use your NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card to save on:

  • Diabetic supplies — needles, syringes, meters, test strips, lancets and more;
  • Splints and braces for ankle, knee, wrist, back;
  • Catheters and incontinence supplies;
  • Bathroom safety supplies — commodes, grab bars, bath benches and more;
  • Compression stockings;
  • Mobility devices such as canes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs;
  • Footwear — inserts, socks, slippers;
  • Bladder control pads;
  • and more!

For over 10 years, the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card has been helping patients afford their prescriptions. To date, we have saved patients over $280 million on the price of their medications. The free NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card can be used anywhere in the country at over 65,000 participating pharmacies including all of the major chains, to save up to 80% on the cash price of your prescriptions. There are no income or age restrictions. There is no activation or registration needed and no personal information is taken when using our card.

The only rule is that you can’t combine insurance with the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card. So if you’re

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About Us

Welcome to the NeedyMeds Voice! We look forward to presenting you with timely, provocative pieces on healthcare reform, patient advocacy, medication and healthcare access, and other health-related news. Our goals are to educate, enlighten, and elucidate; together, we will try to make sense of the myriad and ongoing healthcare-related changes in the U.S. today.