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FamilyWize Community Service Partnership and United Way of Columbia County are dedicated to building strong communities through better health. 

It's not just the fees associated with insurance and doctor's visits, it's the actual prescriptions themselves that are rising in cost too. According to Milliman, prescription drug costs alone make up 17% of the average family's healthcare costs, which equals an average of $4,270 annually.

These increases can be challenging to navigate. Here's what you can do to help offset them.:

  • Look for ways to lower your out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
  • Always ask your doctor for the lowest cost, most effective way to treat a health condition.
  • Use the FamilyWize Drug Price Lookup Tool to find the pharmacy in your area with the best price on your medication.
  • Practice preventive medicine, which can help lower your family's overall healthcare costs.
  • Look to lower or alleviate costs in other areas to help offset your overall household increases.

By understanding how these increases in healthcare costs affect you and your family and establishing ways to help defer these costs, you can still keep your family members healthy while enjoying the activities and lifestyle you desire.

One way to save is, of course, the FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card, which can save you quite a bit on your medications — even up to 82 percent! — depending on the drug. The card (and the app) is free and we pass 100% of the savings back to you, so you're always receiving the best price possible (whether it's ours, the insurance price, or the pharmacy price).

Yes, the savings that come with the FamilyWize card are a huge relief for those without insurance and facing what can be large medical expenses, but anyone can use it! The FamilyWize price is sometimes better than the insurance price. For those who are underinsured with high deductibles or a plan that doesn't cover many necessary medications, and for those with insurance, the savings are there for the taking! Use the Drug Price Lookup Tool to find out what you'll pay before you go to the pharmacy, or don't be hesitant to present the card and ask the pharmacist for a price comparison