AVHC Dispensary Re-Opens
We are pleased to announce that the AVHC Dispensary has re-opened as of November 01, 2015. We are currently only open for Prescriptions that are needed on the day of the visit and will re-open for regular Refills starting about February 15, 2016 when our Lead Nurse returns from maternity leave. We would like to clarify a few issues regarding the difference between a Dispensary versus a Pharmacy.
We CANNOT bill insurances including Medicare and Medi-Cal for medications dispensed. For Medi-Cal patients, we cannot charge for any medications dispensed since they have the ability to go to a Pharmacy and get their medications for free. For all other patients, we must advise them that they can get their medication at a Pharmacy where their insurance may cover it. Often, our prices are equal to or less than the co-pay required by either Medicare or Private Insurance.
We do try to keep our prices to a minimum but must charge enough to cover our expenses. For most medications, a three-month refill for a medication taken once a day will generally run about $10 but maybe as high as $20 depending on the medication. If you are taking a medication more than once a day, the charge will be higher since it will usually require 2 bottles of medication instead of one. We do encourage people to check with their insurance regarding what their co-pay will be compared to our charges so that they can get the best deal possible but sometimes the convenience of getting your medication here will be more important than the small difference in price
We will take special orders for very expensive medications if we can get you a significant discount on these medications. These requests should be directed to Dr. Mark Apfel.
If you have any further questions regarding our Dispensary, please feel free to contact me
Mark Apfel, M.D.