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ICYMI, This Week in Healthcare (March 19-23)

By:  Randy Gerber, Esq., Founder of Pacient March 23, 2018

Lots to cover each week in the health care world.  Here are a few consumer-focused articles from this past week that might make your life a bit easier.  

Best Seat on a Plane to avoid the Flu?  

The New York Times had an article on the best place to sit on an airplane to avoid germs and other undesirable diseases.  Look out on your next Southwest flight as everyone will be heading toward the same seat! Here’s a hint--head for the window and don’t get up until the flight is over.

The Mystery of the Gagged Pharmacist

A Follow up.  We wrote an article earlier this week, recommending that you ask your pharmacist whether the cost of your prescription might be less than your deductible.  Many pharmacists have signed contracts (with middlemen) that prevent them from giving you this information. The clauses are known as gag clauses.  To make the problem worse, the money you could be saving goes to the middleman. Makes you want to gag right? Now there is proposed legislation that is intended to make these clauses illegal.

All Aboard?  Who Needs a Ride to the Pharmacy? Call your Insurance Company.

For those patients that can’t get to the pharmacy to fill their prescriptions or see their provider, Blue Cross and Blue Shield has teamed with Lyft to provide free transportation to some of its members to certain pharmacies.

You Don't have to be Single to get Shingles.  Next Checkup ask about the new Shingles Vaccine.  

If you are 50 years or older, the next time you see your doctor, ask about the new shingles vaccine.  According to the CDC the new shingles vaccine (Shingrix) is significantly more effective than the old vaccine (Zostavax).

Hope you enjoy your weekend.  Be back with another article on Monday.  If you have any topics you want me to write about email me at rgerber@pacient.care.