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Convenience! No insurance or Medicare claims! No paperwork! These are just some of the reasons that many people with diabetes order their medications and supplies through the mail instead of picking them up at the pharmacy.
In addition to shipping your order right to your door, many mail-order companies also include reminders for their clients so that they are not burdened with having to remember to bring in a prescription for refill.
More Specialized Than Retail Pharmacists
Joel Shpigel, RPh, and CEO of Focus Express Mail Pharmacy Inc.—a mail-order diabetes company located in Horsham, Pennsylvania—told Diabetes Health that his staff is more specialized and “disease oriented and focused” than most retail or hospital pharmacies.
“Our staff is highly educated and experienced in the treatment of the chronically ill, especially people with diabetes,” says Shpigel. “And we are well trained and experienced in dealing with insurance reimbursement. We take the burden from the patient to deal with billing, paying for medications ‘up front,’ and waiting for reimbursement.”
Douglas Kieffer, president of Marlin Medical Group of Kissimmee, Florida, says mail order is convenient for elderly people with diabetes who have trouble getting around, as well as for working individuals who never have enough hours in the day.
“It’s also confidential,” says Kieffer. “Many patients don’t care to discuss a medical problem in a retail location.”
See the Mail Order Reference Chart to see if mail order is a good option for you.
Apr 1, 2005
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