To the editor:
Recently I moved my list of prescriptions from one pharmacy to one closer to my home.
I was shocked and very surprised when I returned to pick up my prescriptions at the new pharmacy. Many of the medications were anywhere from $9 to $66 more per prescription than the previous pharmacy had charged for the same medications.
I called B.C. Pharmacare to enquire why it should cost so much more.
The gentleman at B.C. Pharmacare explained that pharmacies can charge whatever they want for each prescription over and above what Pharmacare covers until the deductibles are reached.
Also, he said the amount they charge over what Pharmacare covers does not go toward the deductible.
He informed me that ‘we’—the consumers—have to question the pharmacist before we leave a prescription as to whether or not they charge their customers over the amount Pharmacare will pay. Who would have even known to ask questions like that to our pharmacist?
We can decide if we want to use that pharmacy or go to one that charges only within the Pharmacare amount.
I didn’t know this and I’m sure many others aren’t aware as well. How many of us have been and still are being ripped off and didn’t even know it ?
I am usually not in favor of government regulations but I feel in this case government should step in and not allow pharmacies to do this to us. In numbers we can stand up and let our voices be heard and then, just maybe, change will happen.
Diane Bognar, West Kelowna