Anyone have experience with over-inflated Prescription prices from Private Hospitals??
Just had my two bottom Wisdom teeth removed last weekend as a private patient done at a Private hospital in Sydney. Basically day surgery and was in and out within about 5 hours all up. On the way out, they gave me a bag of pills and a mouth wash consisting of:
Generic Panadeine Forte 20 pack ($18.03)
Generic Nurofen 200mg 50 pack ($6.99)
Amoxil 500mg 20 pack ($22.16)
Savacol Mouthwash ($14.95)
Same BoM from Chemist Warehouse using the original brands - not generic:
$8.99 Panadeine Forte
$7.39 Nurofen 200mg
$7.99 Amoxil 500mg - NO PBS
$8.49 Savacol Mouthwash
This is almost half the cost and using branded stuff. Alternative brands will shave another $10 off this price.
Really.. how the hell do they justify this? I would have preferred they give me the prescription and I'd buy it directly from Chemist warehouse or my local Pharmacy instead.
I called their number to express my concerns on their pricing. They started to say it was because PBS was not applicable under these circumstances but I questioned them that almost all of these are off-the-shelf which does not have PBS. The only script required was Amoxyl which isnt on the PBS anymore anyway because the patent's run out years ago and get plenty of cheap alternatives.
They offered to…. "PRICE MATCH" (each your heart out, OBZers!) with my local Pharmacy (or Chemist Warehouse in this case). Makes me wonder that if people didnt care or didnt know about the actual prices, then they are realistically the targets to be ripped off. It puts the onus on the patient to research and ask for a discount against these prices?? I can understand doing this with Officeworks and stuff.. but we are talking healthcare and the wellbeing of patients.