Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Looking to save money on Drug Prescriptions?

As you know, the cost of your prescriptions is made up of two components – the dispensing fee and the cost for the medication. There is a large variation in the cost of having your prescription filled.

One way to save some money is to select a pharmacy with lower filling fees. A recent study by Emergis was done on the average cost of dispensing fees in Ontario between July and December 2008. The results are as follows:

Pharmacy Average Dispensing Fee Submitted

Average for All Pharmacies $9.70

Costco $4.11
Pharmex (mail order) $6.69
Walmart $8.60
Zellers $9.07
Loblaws $9.22
Dominion / Miracle Mart $9.31
IDA $9.77
Pharma Plus $9.79
Shoppers Drug Mart $11.01

Health and Dental Options for Self Employed

The recent outbreak of H1N1 (Swine Flu) has received a lot of news coverage, and many of us have decided to take precautions to remain in good health.

In times like these, self-employed people may be especially concerned. Without the sort of comprehensive health and dental coverage that many employees receive from their employers, small business owners are right to worry about what would happen should they, or their families, ever require expensive medication or treatment that isn't covered by their provincial plans.

Private health insurance isn't nearly as expensive as you might imagine. Depending on your age, health, the level of coverage and the insurance company, you may be able to obtain both drug and dental insurance for yourself, your spouse, as well as a child, for as little $165 a month (based on two non-smoking 40-year-old adults, with a 15-year-old child).

The best part is that you may be able to write off the entire amount as a business expense. In 1998, the federal government made these premiums tax deductible for self-employed individuals!

If you'd like to discuss the various health and dental plans available in the Canadian marketplace, I hope you won't hesitate to contact me at the number above. I'd be happy to shop around and find a plan that's right for you.