You Don’t Really Think About Your Prescription Costs Until You Have To

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Katie Mui
Katie Mui is on the Research Team at GoodRx.
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GoodRx started with a simple idea: Help people find affordable medications. Help people understand their options. Help people get what they need for their health. Basically, we like to think that GoodRx helps. We’d love to hear and share more of your stories, so tell us on Facebook or Twitter with the tag #GoodRxHelps. 

When it came time for Rachel, a grad student at Ball State University, to refill her prescription, she was prepared for the worst. She had recently gotten off her parents’ insurance and was in the process of getting her own. But until then, she was going to have to cover the full costs of her meds on her own.

When the pharmacist rang Rachel up, she saw that her antidepressants would cost $130 for the month – $120 more than what she had paid with insurance. Luckily, her pharmacist told her she could pay less with GoodRx, which brought the price back down to $12.

Rachel isn’t the first (and sadly not the last) to find themselves in this situation. Her story, captured candidly on Twitter, sheds light on some very stark realities:

  1. When you don’t have insurance and you get sick or need a prescription medication, it can feel like the end of the world.
  2. People are more likely to skip their medications or avoid getting it filled because they can’t afford it. In fact, nearly 1 in 10 Americans do this.
  3. The US healthcare system is broken – but you don’t think about it until you’re forced to.

We think Rachel’s story, in her own words, is a great read. We’ve posted her flash essay in its entirety below, and we encourage you to share your own story – email us at!

Rachel Lauve on Twitter

Hi, I’m probably going to write a flash essay about this moment, but I’m still a bit overwhelmed by both anxiety and gratitude at this, so thread – my health insurance under my parents’ ended when I turned 23, and I’m in the process of getting new health insurance. 1/

Rachel Lauve on Twitter

I’m on this medicine until at least early August when I have another follow-up appointment with my primary care physician. See that large gap in time between March and August? I’m working on getting insurance, but governmental agencies are slow, and it’s mid-April. 3/

Rachel Lauve on Twitter

When I picked up my prescription, the man working asked about the state of my insurance, and I had to say that I was without insurance. Without insurance, my medicine would have been almost $130. FOR A MONTH. That’s more than my electricity bill was this month. 5/

Rachel Lauve on Twitter

But this man working told me about something called GoodRx – and told me that I could get my medicine for $12 because of it. Only about $2 more than I would normally pay. And THAT was when I was about to start crying. I didn’t cry at the prospect of paying $130.

Rachel Lauve on Twitter

Only when I got to my car did I let myself break down. I sat in the parking lot and just let myself cry before starting it so I could head back to Muncie. My glasses fogged up and my car was starting to fog up because this has been the weirdest April ever.

Rachel Lauve on Twitter

I would have been able to pay it, but I’m so thankful I didn’t. I’m sad for people who can’t afford that, who don’t have insurance that helps their mental health, and I’m grateful for Roger the pharmacy technician for helping me. Essay to come? 11/11

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