By DWIGHT NYBERG | President | MPA
In the early 1970’s, my Dad’s prescription volume was one-third of today’s volume, and he made twice the profit! That’s the new math I never understood.
The President’s call for zero copay on prescriptions for our Tricare patients is a prime example of not understanding healthcare. The lower copay for prescriptions should be available at the pharmacies that provide one-on-one or face-to-face consultation, patient education, drug therapy modification and/or product selection. The remaining pharmacies are mandated to charge copays.
It’s a proven fact that medication therapy management and patient education are both proactive methods of: Improving healthcare outcomes and quality of life. What an example of managing healthcare expenses! The same pharmacists who are hurt by this are already dispensing a larger percent of generic drugs. This helps the health care system save more money.
Could you do 20 or 30 MTM’s or patient education sessions each day, at $100 to $150 per session?
Remember, you’re the expert, you’re the best, you’re selling yourself.
Take a moment, estimate the dollar savings you could create each day, week, month, and year.
An easy $200 to $300 a day, $1,000 to $1,500 a week, $20,000 to $30,000 a month … you continue and use your estimate. Are you worth more than $150 per session?
Now, think about the diabetic, the asthma patient, the potential fall patient who’s lifestyle and quality of life you helped improve.
You’re the drug expert, you’re selling yourself !!!
Afraid the future will leave you behind? Then help create the future!
Participate with the Missouri Pharmacy Association as we challenge, change, and develop the future of Pharmacy.
An opportunity for all pharmacists!
Sell yourself, SELL YOURSELF!!!