Every day, people ask how they can help NeedyMeds. Usually they have used the website or called the helpline to find assistance with their medical costs, or maybe they used our information to lower their parent’s drug costs.
Here are four things you can do to help us help you and earn our everlasting gratitude.
- Spread the Word
Even though 10,000 to 15,000 people visit our website every workday, more need to know about NeedyMeds. Even though our toll-free helpline helps 4,000-6,000 callers every month, we want to help more!
The best recommendation we can get — the thing that convinces people to check out our website — is a personal recommendation from a family member or friend who used NeedyMeds. This can help to increase our number of people we can help.
If you have used the website or helpline, please tell your friends, family, doctor, or anyone else who might benefit from the information we have.
- Help Us Add More Programs
At last count, we had around 30,000 programs listed on our website. I know that sounds like a lot of programs — and it is. However, we know there are many more programs we don’t know about. But maybe you do. If so, please send us their names and web addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dee, as she’s known to everyone, is the manager of our research department. Every day Dee and her team spend hours finding new programs and updating the programs we list. The team does an excellent job, but there are certainly more out there that we haven’t found yet. That’s where you come in.
Send Dee whatever information you have about programs we should consider for listing. Send us the information even if you are not sure the programs fit our criteria. We want to know about them.
- Use Our Drug Discount Card
When you use our drug discount card, you are not only saving money but you are helping fund our mission: To educate and empower those seeking affordable healthcare. Just like every other drug card available, NeedyMeds earns a transaction fee each time the card is used. These fees are our biggest single source of income. They allow us to give away all our information for free. We never charge individuals for anything. (You can learn more about our sources of income here.)
As I said, every drug discount card earns a transaction fee. Whether it’s one of the heavily advertised card distributors or any of the many cards around, they all earn a transaction fee. Most importantly, our fee is among the lowest for a couple of reasons:
- We don’t spend thousands of dollars on advertising;
- We are a nonprofit organization and don’t have to make a profit; and
- We want to pass the biggest savings we can on to you.
Using the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card and telling others about our card helps us to continue our work.
- Make a Donation
I left this option last for a reason. We recognize that many people are having a hard time making ends meet. COVID-19 has impacted many people, causing significant financial hardship. That may be the reason you came to NeedyMeds in the first place.
Yes, occasionally there really is a free lunch. NeedyMeds is one. We don’t want to add to your burden. That’s why all our information is available for free.
Some people want to thank us by making a small donation. We appreciate this, but it’s not necessary. If you do want to make a “thank you donation” we give you a number of options:
- Use a credit or debit card here.
- Mail a donation to:
50 Whittemore St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
If you include a self-addressed envelope, we’ll send you a plastic NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card.
- We give you the option of making recurring payments here.
We view NeedyMeds as a cooperative effort — a partnership between the NeedyMeds staff and everyone who uses our website. You help grow our information, and we help you save on medication and healthcare costs.
Together we can help lessen the burden of healthcare costs.
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