What Can You the Patient Do?
1. Protect Your Health Information
Protect your health information as carefully as you would your social security number, your credit card numbers, or your bank account information. That includes the name of your doctor, your pharmacist, and your insurance company.
2. Ask your Doctor and Pharmacists Questions
Whenever you receive a new medication, you should ask your doctor and pharmacist some basic questions:
• What is this medication used for and why am I receiving it?
• How and when do I take this medicine… and for how long?
• What side effects should I watch out for? What should I do if I think I’m experiencing a side effect?
• When should I expect the medicine to begin to work and how will I know if it is working?
• Will this new prescription work safely with the other prescription(s), non-prescription medicine(s), and supplements I take?.
3. Ask How Much Your Medicines Cost
You should know how much your medicines cost. Even if you only pay the copayment portion and your insurer pays the rest, you can ask your pharmacist to tell you how much they are billing your insurer for your medication.
4. Remember the Old Saying...
Remember the old saying… “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Anyone that claims you can get free medicines or medical services should be viewed with skepticism.
Please email IACP with any questions!