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The Other Side of Paradise

Getting Sick or Hurt in a Foreign Country

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Helpless. Or maybe desperate. Either way, those are the words that first come to mind when I think of our recent family vacation. As a mom, you methodically check the weather, make sure you’ve packed all the essentials, making a list and checking it once, twice, maybe even three times. But nothing will prepare you for when illness strikes and you are thousands of miles away from home. And in some cases with a language barrier. It’s no fun, and we recently lived it.

The first few days were a picture postcard of paradise.

Helpless. Or maybe desperate. Either way, those are the words that first come to mind when I think of our recent family vacation. As a mom, you methodically check the weather, make sure you’ve packed all the essentials, making a list and checking it once, twice, maybe even three times. But nothing will prepare you for when illness strikes and you are thousands of miles away from home. And in some cases with a language barrier. It’s no fun, and we recently lived it. The first few days were a picture postcard of paradise.

The weather was perfection and every snapshot boasted grins from ear-to-ear, then it happened. At midnight no less, I heard the cry that every parent dreads, “Mom, I don’t feel very well.” Combined with her lying on the cold bathroom floor in the fetal position, I knew it was time for the in-house hotel doctor to make a visit. Needless to say, this “little bug” was the pivotal turning point where our family vacay went from “best ever” to mild disaster. I kept my cool, but immediately went into panic “Mom” mode and leaped for my phone. Just before boarding our flight out of LAX, I had downloaded the ScriptSave® WellRx App “just in case”. This instantly gave me peace of mind because within moments I was able to locate a nearby pharmacy to pick up medications which would start her healing process and prevent the rest of us from getting the “funk”.

What to do when you are sick in another country

ScriptSave WellRx is a free app that I originally downloaded with other benefits in mind. It seems like during cold and flu seasons I was perpetually in line at our local pharmacy, and prices were beginning to soar so I was interested in finding ways to budget and save time. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? The ScriptSave WellRx App made sense because it was free to download and required no credit card or membership fee.

What to do when you are sick in another country

We all know insurance coverage does not necessarily mean low-cost prescription meds. I became a believer after one particular cough syrup cost was priced out-of-pocket north of $180. I couldn’t believe it, but I was not in the mood to price-shop and with the app I was able to shave off a healthy chunk which went directly to my daughter’s upcoming trip to Space Camp this summer. Within a few clicks, I was given specific prices for all of the pharmacies with my local zip code. The program has been known to yield savings of up to 80%; however, on average, members are realizing a savings rate of around 44%.

Getting Sick on Vacation Blues

The most interesting fact I discovered is with prescription costs changing daily, it is in the “best interest of patients to “know the cash price for their prescriptions” – regardless of whether they have insurance. Most insured patients are not aware that their insurance copay can often be more expensive than if they had simply walked into the pharmacy without insurance. “However, the legal contracts that exist between pharmacies and insurance companies will often prevent the pharmacist from volunteering information about when the cash price for a drug is lower than the insurance price.

Getting sick on vacation

Wow.

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  • ScriptSave WellRx April 28, 2017

    “ScriptSave WellRx … helping to fund Space Camp trips since 2017” 🙂

    We certainly love hearing those stories, but not so much the ones where our loved-ones get sick on family vacation … poor thing (although we’re definitely glad to have been able to help).

    If there are any questions, we’re just a tollfree call or click away (and don’t forget that special Invite Code – “JetSet” – if you want a free download of our savings card or mobile app).

    Thanks to everyone for taking a little time to learn about our prescription savings program!

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