No Insurance Means High Drug Costs

A new survey by the Florida Public Interest Research Group shows people who don’t have insurance are charged almost 60 percent more for drugs than the federal government pays.

Tallahassee carpenter Ken Ross, who doesn’t have insurance, says retail prices are so high that he gets his asthma medicine from Mexico.

He says, "I can't afford to keep buying these drugs at the prices that they charge. What I end up doing and a lot of other people do, I have a brother that lives in El Paso and he goes across the border to Mexico and picks them up for eight dollars."

The Florida Public Interest Research Group says residents of Miami and Tallahassee face the highest retail drug prices in the state, paying about twice what it would cost to get the same medications in Canada.


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