I’m 76, using Medicare. My new doctor wants me to get another pneumonia vaccine even though I had one with my old doctor some years ago.
I went to my usual independent pharmacy today to see if I could get it there. The pharmacist said that the cost would be $279. She said that my Part D insurance doesn’t cover that vaccine, and this pharmacy doesn’t have a contract that covers the vaccine under Part B. However, I could try going to a chain pharmacy and see if their contract under Part B would cover it.
This is the first time I’ve had any problem with coverage. Why should it make a difference what pharmacy I get the vaccine at? Why do the chains have a contract with Medicare Part B for coverage for this vaccine, but not this independent pharmacy?
My pharmacy has the best customer service. They call if I’ve forgotten to get refills for my regular medications. They keep track of when prescriptions expire and will call my doctor to get new ones. My local chain pharmacy has never done any of this.
What about yours? Do you have an independent pharmacy near you? Does your local chain pharmacy provide good service?
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