Prescribe Where It Is Best… 4 U

by | Oct 19, 2013 | Archives

Prescribe where it is best for you because health is an integral part of wealth.

Yesterday’s message looked at the importance to your wealth of banking where it is best for you.

The same principle of choice applies to your health.  Modern technology allows us to get our health care where it is best for us and the USA is not always that place.   The cost of health care has soared in the US as a recent New York Times article, “The Soaring Cost of a Simple Breath” by Elisabeth Rosenthal shows.

The New York Times article says:   Asthma — the most common chronic disease that affects Americans of all ages, about 40 million people — can usually be well controlled with drugs. But being able to afford prescription medications in the United States often requires top-notch insurance or plenty of disposable income, and time to hunt for deals and bargains.

The arsenal of medicines in the Hayeses’ kitchen helps explain why. Pulmicort, a steroid inhaler, generally retails for over $175 in the United States, while pharmacists in Britain buy the identical product for about $20 and dispense it free of charge to asthma patients. Albuterol, one of the oldest asthma medicines, typically costs $50 to $100 per inhaler in the United States, but it was less than $15 a decade ago, before it was repatented.

“The one that really blew my mind was the nasal spray,” said Robin Levi, Hannah and Abby’s mother, referring to her $80 co-payment for Rhinocort Aqua, a prescription drug that was selling for more than $250 a month in Oakland pharmacies last year but costs under $7 in Europe, where it is available over the counter.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the annual cost of asthma in the United States at more than $56 billion, including millions of potentially avoidable hospital visits and more than 3,300 deaths, many involving patients who skimped on medicines or did without.

Roberto wrote: There are many brands at the Farmacia.  They also offer generic medicine which does the same thing as the more expensive brands.  Here are some prescriptions and prices:

Salbutanol inhaler $8.11
Nasonex Nasal Spray $$22.80
Uniclar Nasal Spray $22.98
Rhinaf Adult Spray $1.20
Seredite (brand) pack 2 + Agacham 250 MCG $55.97
Seredite (brand) pack 2 + Agacham 125 MCG $49.92

The Salbutanol inhaler at $8.11 in Ecuador appears to be the same product as the Albuterol, which is $50 to $100 per inhaler in the United States.

As soon as I read this article I asked Roberto Ribadeneira to check out prescription costs at the farmacia.

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There are many varieties and names and doses of prescriptions so it is difficult to compare exact prices in a general way.   If you are an Ecuador Living Club member and have a request on a specific prescription, Roberto can check this for you. Please send your request via the password protected club website.

Learn how to obtain a password here.

Good heath is one of the most essential foundations of wealth and finding value is a key when you seek investments or health care.  Modern technology means you do not have to limit your search to your home.

Gary

Join the upcoming Ecuador medical tour in Quito this November.

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