Medications are expensive, and this is something just exclusive to places like the United States. In many cases, unless it’s absolutely life or death, even in places with more congenial healthcare systems, you may wind up having to pay out-of-pocket for various medical needs. These can be things such as skin care, health boosters, you name it.
Pharmaceuticals are quite costly, though in North America, this is at its most severe. While there are some social factors in this, a big cause is simply unavoidable. Most medications are manufactured overseas, and like with all other goods imported across the oceans, they’re going to be quite a bit costlier by the time they reach North American shelves.
This is even worse currently, due to the pandemic. This pandemic has done more than just affect people’s daily rhythms, interfering with supply chains for goods, making things harder to come by all around, and that can drive up the price as well. Is this situation ideal? Absolutely not, but there’s nothing that can really be done about it, because that’s just what happens with scarcity. No matter the economic system, no matter the social ideal of a country, and situations with heavy imports and scarcity, things are just going to be pricey. There’s no fix for this.
It’s also quite dangerous to go to pharmacies to shop right now, giving you really shouldn’t be out in public when you can avoid it. Yes, you still have to go out there to get certain things, such as groceries, etc. However, there are many situations where you can eliminate this problem if you just shop online.
Cheaper and Safer
Due to various circumstances, medications are cheaper in places like Canada. This is largely in part to severe limitations put in place by the government in regards to what pharmaceutical companies can charge, which does take a bite out of the price. As a result, you can save quite a bit of money if you shop online for pharmaceuticals through a Canadian pharmacy. Yes, it’s still going to cost more than you would probably like, because again, these medications are expensive everywhere due to having to be imported. You will also have to pay taxes for importing them yet again across the US border, but it’s still going to be a fair bit more affordable than what’s on the shelf at your local pharmacy.
Another advantage to this is that these pharmacies are more open about suggesting generic alternatives, which are often even cheaper yet, while being just as effective as brand-name medications. Generics are literally the same exact medication, just with a generic, often harder-to-pronounce name.
So, not only can you avoid exposure this way, but you can save quite a bit of money this way as well. There’s really no downside to this, aside from the fact that you have to wait for them to be delivered, whereas a local pharmacy does provide instant gratification. Thus, if it’s something upon which your life depends, you may need to still shop locally, at least until you get a steady supply of whatever it is coming in.