Double dose, Half Cost

Double dose, Half Cost

Chicagoan Jonathan Winans, 75, is curtailing costs in this time of high gas and food prices, in part, by zeroing in on prescription costs. The retired Dominick’s deli manager has high blood sugar, high cholesterol, arthritis and a heart condition. He’s on a dozen medications, and his wife, Elaine, 76, is on the medication Plaquenil for her arthritis.

“I have my doctor write prescriptions for pills at twice the dose and prescribe half a pill,” he said.

Then Winans cuts the pills in half with a pill cutter.

“Prescriptions last twice as long with just a little more cost,” he said.

With the couple only having Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, costs are a heavy burden, he said. That’s especially true when the “doughnut hole” kicks in for him in the last four or five months of the year, he added. Under Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, Medicare will pay a percent of drug coverage, minus the deductible, up to a total drug cost of $3,700. After that, seniors have to foot the bill for the costs until they’ve spent $4,950 out-of-pocket and coverage resumes.


The Winans’ other cost-cutting ways:

• • “I’ve learned to cut back on gas by ‘stacking’ errands and routing them to put on the least miles,” he said. “I’ll sit down and draw a little map and say, ‘Well, I’ll go to here to here to here.’ I’ll do all [the errands] on a Saturday or a Sunday so that I can get as many trips out of the way as possible with the least amount of mileage.”

• • The couple also dine out less. “I’ve learned how to cook some of those fabulous restaurant meals by watching cooking shows and Googling recipes,” he said.


  1. So because I am older now and retired I have to cut back on the things I enjoy! No more eating out on Friday night. No more shopping with my grown children and being able to by them dinner sometimes! It is just a blast to get old!

  2. I asked my doctor to write me a prescription for double dose and she told me that was fraud.

    • Your Dr. should be your EX Dr.!!!

    • Most Doctors are sensitive to drug costs…sounds like you need to drop this mutt.

      • Good luck on finding a new “mutt!” Whether you like it or not, the doc who said doubling the dose is fraud is right. Sure, we try to find ways to cut the outrageous costs of meds, and medical help in general, but asking the “mutt” to put his/her neck on the line is wrong. Period. Maybe we all need to listen to the Democratic presidential candidates’ plans to get ‘Medicare for all’ or something like it, to cut our costs. The joke/thug/narcissist we have at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. right now has been cutting a fat hog on YOUR and MY dime too long. Let’s get a Democrat in office again, who works for us, not himself.

  3. You are SO CORRECT/ RIGHT. The doctor and staff, including appointment setting staff also need to PRACTICE MEDICINE , Not be WEB MD or Past experience fixated!!!If you think more clearly than the doctor or any helper, licensed by your State ‘s Office of Professional Regulation!!!!


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