After your child’s appointment, their doctor will give them a prescription script. Have your child take the prescription to the pharmacy, and hand the pharmacist the prescription and their Medicaid card. The doctor may call the prescription in to the pharmacy for them. Have your child call the pharmacy to see if it’s ready to be picked up.
Let your child know that the staff will probably ask if they have questions for the pharmacist or will ask them to sign a waiver if they don't.
Also, let them know that if their medication looks different than usual or the name doesn’t sound familiar, then they should let the doctor and pharmacist know.
Get your child into the habit of photographing their medication labels. If they have a phone with a camera, an easy tip to help them remember their medication names and dosages is to snap a quick photo before their appointment.
Show your child that the prescription may come with an information sheet from the manufacturer and from the pharmacy. These information sheets offer useful information on how to take particular medications. They also include information on side effects.
Inform your child that if the pharmacy seems busy or if they don't want to ask about something personal in public, they can always call the pharmacy and ask to speak to the pharmacist later.
In order for your child to be independent enough to take care of their own eye care, the first thing they have to know is that contacts and glasses both require a prescription from the eye doctor.
After they have a prescription, help them by walking through ordering new contacts or glasses. To get new contacts, an easy way to complete an order is to find a price within their budget, and then have them complete the order online. In order to complete the online form they will need to know their lens type and their vision prescription. For new glasses, have them take their vision prescription to a glasses shop that accepts Medicaid. They will help fit them for frames in the store.
Let your child know that they can consult their eye doctor if they are unaware of their vision prescription, as well as advice on what the best type of contacts or glasses would be for their vision.
So your child can be financially responsible, let them know the difference between generic and brand name.
A generic drug is a lower-cost version of a brand-name drug, typically costing 30-80% less! A brand-name drug and its generic version must have the same active ingredient, dosage, safety, strength, usage directions, quality, performance and intended use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires generic drugs to have the same quality, strength, purity and stability as their brand-name versions. Generic drugs are thoroughly tested to make sure their performance and ingredients meet the FDA’s standards. Both brand-name and generic drug facilities must meet the same standards.
Generic cost less than brand name drugs. This is because these manufacturers didn’t have the same development costs (such as years of expensive research), so they can sell the drug at a discount. Today, almost half of all prescriptions are filled with generics.
Have your child talk with your doctor and pharmacist about the difference between generic and brand name if you have any additional questions. Explain that you want the most effective drug at the best price. Ask your doctor to write prescriptions for generic drugs whenever possible.
Teaching your child financial responsibility is important so that in the future they don’t end up with an excessive medical bill. Below are the average costs of common healthcare offices with and without Medicaid.
*In the event that your child requires medical care and is without insurance, some other financial assistance may be available through the hospital where they receive care.
Use this website to find out if your child’s prescription medication is available to be financially assisted with Medicaid:
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