Utah Sends Employees To Mexico To Buy Cheaper Prescription Drugs
By Bill Galluccio
February 10, 2020
As the costs of prescription drugs continue to skyrocket, officials in Utah created a new program to help the state save money. The state is paying employees to go to Mexico, where they can buy their prescription medication for a fraction of the cost.
In the first year of the program, ten employees signed up, and the state saved $225,000. The price difference for prescription medication is so significant, the state's insurance provider can cover the cost of airfare and a $500-per-trip bonus and still save money.
"This is the drug that keeps me functioning, working," said Lovell. "I think if I wasn't on this drug ... I'd be on disability rather than living my normal life."
Lovell says that she takes a two-hour flight from Salt Lake City to San Diego every few months, where she meets an escort who takes her across the border to Tijuana. Lovell then goes to a local hospital to have her prescriptions filled and is back home a few hours later.
With the success of the program, officials are looking to expand it and hope to allow employees to go to Canada to buy medication as well.
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