Last Updated on 13 February 2020

High-Tech Health: Ways to Save on Prescriptions

If you are technologically inclined, there are some high-tech options to help you organise and manage your prescriptions.  Even if you’ve never used mobile or online apps before, you might want to take advantage of such resources that may make saving money and time on prescriptions easier.  You may be able to reduce your out-of-pocket costs for prescriptions that aren’t covered (or are only partially covered) by your health insurance.

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Online Pharmacies

One method that may help you obtain a saving on prescription costs is taking advantage of online pharmacies.  These retailers may make buying your prescription drugs easier, and they may also offer savings on the costs compared to your usual pharmacy.

If you choose to use an online pharmacy, ensure that it is certified, to alleviate any concerns about scams.  If you combine them with another way to save – ordering larger quantities of prescription medications and thus reducing the number of refill orders – you may be able to cut your prescription costs even further.

Mobile Apps for Prescriptions

This is a new trend in the world of healthcare and technology, but it’s on the rise: you can manage your prescriptions on your smartphone or other mobile device via mobile internet applications.

With the major pharmacy chains, you may be able to download a free app that will enable you to manage your account online from your mobile device.  Instead of making a phone call or waiting at the pharmacy while your prescription is filled, you can expedite ordering a refill through the app.  This might be convenient for those who always have their mobile device to hand.

It works in much the same way as online banking.  Many banks and financial institutions now offer online account management, and some also provide free mobile apps that will enable you to manage your account from your mobile device .  Similarly, you may now choose to use the internet via your smartphone or tablet to take care of the business of prescriptions.

This option is more commonly available with larger “household name” pharmacies than with smaller independent ones, but it is a trend that is gaining in popularity even with smaller businesses.  Ask your pharmacy whether you can submit, repeat, or even mail order your prescriptions without needing to visit the counter in person.


Saving on health costs isn’t just about private health insurance premiums or the expense of over-the-counter remedies.  By ordering your prescription medications online or in larger quantities, you may be able to save small amounts of money on a regular basis – in the course of a year, for example, it’s possible that some pharmacy customers may save just as much on prescriptions as they might by comparing health insurance policies.

For those with mobile devices, it may be worth taking a look at the apps that are available. Your pharmacy may offer its own mobile app or online prescription service; alternatively, you may decide simply to use your smartphone’s appointment calendar to remind you when you need to get a refill.


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