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Published on: May 18, 2011 07:25 PM
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New York, NY - The city began offering a new card on Wednesday that lets people buy prescription drugs at big discounts, a step that could potentially increase drug sales and ease strains on the city’s public hospitals.

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Residents, tourists, commuters, and people who already have insurance, are all eligible for the new and free BigAppleRx cards, regardless of age, income, or citizenship, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters.

Discounts are expected to average 47 percent. Patients with diabetes could save as much as $831 a year on generic medicines while asthma sufferers could save $667 on inhaler drugs.

About 2,000 drugstores in New York City—85 percent of the total—are willing to offer the discounts in return for attracting more business from shoppers who also might buy other items while in the stores, Bloomberg said.

Online: http://www.bigapplerx.com/ 


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 May 18, 2011 at 07:33 PM zevvy Says:

Does anyone know how to go about getting the card? Will it also discount over-the-counter drugs?

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 May 18, 2011 at 07:38 PM Anonymous Says:

where does one gets this card?

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 May 18, 2011 at 07:57 PM shvim Says:

Is there any info on how to apply?

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 May 18, 2011 at 08:16 PM ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

This sounds like a big deal, but there are 1,000 free drug discount cards you can download off the internet.

Just do a google search for free drug prescription card

This is not costing the city anything. in fact, they probably get a piece of each purchase.

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 May 18, 2011 at 08:28 PM BLONDI Says:

try getting a card at target....

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 May 18, 2011 at 08:32 PM shvim Says:

The discount cards can be downloaded at www.bigapplerx.com or obtained by calling 311, the city's help line.

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 May 18, 2011 at 09:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Most of the big yiddeshe mosdos already offer similiar "discount" cards but in reality, the don't offer much in real savings since you can get the same discounts in a variety of other ways.

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 May 19, 2011 at 12:31 AM Anonymous Says:

I thought this city was broke... why pay for the cards, even if it "isnt costing them anything". TANSTAAFL- there aint no such thing as a free lunch. How much of our tax dollars are going towards this? I am a bit surprised at the number of comments on how to apply for the card, when there are just as many crying out about funding cuts and/or tax increases....

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 May 19, 2011 at 01:23 AM pbalaw Says:

Do they have a card for cigarettes ?

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 May 19, 2011 at 01:46 AM pareve Says:

It's good for consumers of big chain pharmacies like CVS. Truth is that most generic medications are so cheap you can negotiate deal with an independent pharmacy to get a discount. Most independents hate discount cards like this, so they would give you a cheaper price if you didn't use the card.

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 May 19, 2011 at 06:23 AM GB_Jew Says:

Here, in Great Britain, most people get all their drugs for free. By "most people" I mean every person living in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.

In England the cost of each item prescribed by a family physician is £7.40. Medication prescribed at a NHS hospital, or at a NHS walk-in center is free of charge, as a contraceptives, or medications personally administered by a family physician.

If the patient is aged under 16, or is 60 years or more he/she gets all prescribed medicines free of charge. If a patient outside those parameters is being prescribed four or more items in any three-month period, he/she can buy an annual "season ticket" costing £104, which will cover the cost of all prescribed items..

People suffering from diabetes or undergoing dialysis (R"L) are also exempted from payment for any medical supples relating to their conditions.

So, while New York discount cards for medications are a huge step in the right direction, socialized medicine in Britain still has many, many advantages.

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 May 19, 2011 at 09:14 AM mewhoze Says:

please also note that most pharmaceutical companies offer a patient assistance program. you can look for it on their websites. if you meet their eligibility requirements you can get your meds for free or very close to it.
spread the word.

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 May 19, 2011 at 10:07 AM GradStudent Says:

Reply to #11  
GB_Jew Says:

Here, in Great Britain, most people get all their drugs for free. By "most people" I mean every person living in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.

In England the cost of each item prescribed by a family physician is £7.40. Medication prescribed at a NHS hospital, or at a NHS walk-in center is free of charge, as a contraceptives, or medications personally administered by a family physician.

If the patient is aged under 16, or is 60 years or more he/she gets all prescribed medicines free of charge. If a patient outside those parameters is being prescribed four or more items in any three-month period, he/she can buy an annual "season ticket" costing £104, which will cover the cost of all prescribed items..

People suffering from diabetes or undergoing dialysis (R"L) are also exempted from payment for any medical supples relating to their conditions.

So, while New York discount cards for medications are a huge step in the right direction, socialized medicine in Britain still has many, many advantages.

Yes, but where are many of the pharmecutical companies? America.
Where is the latest medical research being done? America.
Where do people come from all over the world for medical treatment? America
Heads of state and public officials come to AMERICA for treatment- their country isn't good enough for them.
Socialized medicine doesn't work- it comes from the basis of socialism which has not worked anywhere it has been tried.
Nothing is free. You pay for the medicine in other ways- those who are healthy pay the same taxes as those who are not ... so they are the ones to pay for everyone else's medication.You have higher taxes in other areas. You pay for it with your health- there are less CAT, PET, MRI and X-ray machines per capita in GB than in America.
Economics should be studied- TANSTAAFL... No one is ever giving anything away for free. Free drink when you buy that meal? The real price of the drink is included already! you still must buy that meal, which can be overpriced.

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 May 19, 2011 at 11:35 AM Anonymous Says:

Does it apply to medical marijuana in Jersey?

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 May 19, 2011 at 01:37 PM GB_Jew Says:

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GradStudent Says:

Yes, but where are many of the pharmecutical companies? America.
Where is the latest medical research being done? America.
Where do people come from all over the world for medical treatment? America
Heads of state and public officials come to AMERICA for treatment- their country isn't good enough for them.
Socialized medicine doesn't work- it comes from the basis of socialism which has not worked anywhere it has been tried.
Nothing is free. You pay for the medicine in other ways- those who are healthy pay the same taxes as those who are not ... so they are the ones to pay for everyone else's medication.You have higher taxes in other areas. You pay for it with your health- there are less CAT, PET, MRI and X-ray machines per capita in GB than in America.
Economics should be studied- TANSTAAFL... No one is ever giving anything away for free. Free drink when you buy that meal? The real price of the drink is included already! you still must buy that meal, which can be overpriced.

*** Socialized medicine doesn't work- it comes from the basis of socialism which has not worked anywhere it has been tried.

That's funny: it has worked admirably over here for the last 63 years. Socialised medicine also works admirably in many of the EU countries (do you know what and where they are, or do I have to spell it out for you?) as well.

*** Nothing is free. You pay for the medicine in other ways- those who are healthy pay the same taxes as those who are not ... so they are the ones to pay for everyone else's medication.

You are absolutely correct when you say that "nothing is free", GradStudent. But what is important is that the NHS is free at the point of use. In other words, each wage earner pays a monthly tax (or National Insurance, as it is called), and when he/she C"V needs to see a physician there is no charge. If the patient is referred to a specialist, again there is no charge. If our unlucky person needs hospitalisation, again there is no charge. Operations? No charge. Rehabilitation: no charge. There is no ceiling to the costs the National Health Service will absorb.

Tell me what how much **your** health insurance costs, and what **you** get

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 May 19, 2011 at 03:49 PM Chaim_Ben-Yehuda Says:

Reply to #13  
GradStudent Says:

Yes, but where are many of the pharmecutical companies? America.
Where is the latest medical research being done? America.
Where do people come from all over the world for medical treatment? America
Heads of state and public officials come to AMERICA for treatment- their country isn't good enough for them.
Socialized medicine doesn't work- it comes from the basis of socialism which has not worked anywhere it has been tried.
Nothing is free. You pay for the medicine in other ways- those who are healthy pay the same taxes as those who are not ... so they are the ones to pay for everyone else's medication.You have higher taxes in other areas. You pay for it with your health- there are less CAT, PET, MRI and X-ray machines per capita in GB than in America.
Economics should be studied- TANSTAAFL... No one is ever giving anything away for free. Free drink when you buy that meal? The real price of the drink is included already! you still must buy that meal, which can be overpriced.

GradStudent has asked a series of rhetorical questions:

-- " Yes, but where are many of the pharmecutical companies? America."
Indeed there are - there is no argument at all about that. But do not forget Teva, an Israeli pharmacological company and one of the biggest in the world.

--"Where is the latest medical research being done? America." Some of it, yes. However, penicillin was discovered at St Mary's Hospital in London, England. Britain's NHS funds numerous projects in British universities and British drug companies. Other European Union countries are doing similar work. And guess what? The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is at the forefront of medical and drug research!

--"Where do people come from all over the world for medical treatment? America"
Those who can afford it may go to the US for medical treatment. But did you know that Israel has been running a scheme for decades now where citizens of enemy Arab countries can come to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem for free treatment. Yes, the Israeli taxpayer picks up the tab. It's a neat way to make friends and influence people!

Get out more, GradStudent, a learn that the world does not turn on the US of A!

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