5 Things to Look for in a Pharmacy

Factors you should want in a pharmacy. And they all come standard with Walmart+.

Woman and Child in a Pharmacy

For anyone with prescriptions to fill, finding a great pharmacy is every bit as essential as choosing your doctor. Because your choice of pharmacy can have a huge impact on your bank account, in addition to your health. So how do you decide which one is right for you? Your experience is going to depend on your specific prescriptions and family situation, but there are some key elements that separate the exceptional pharmacies from the so-so ones. 

You should be on the lookout for these five things. And by the way, all of these factors are included in a Walmart+ membership. If you want to take a shortcut, signing up for Walmart+ (exclusively available at your local Walmart) is the simplest way to guarantee you get everything you need from your Walmart pharmacy.

1. Affordability

The best way to keep your bank account as healthy as you is to avoid overpaying for prescriptions. Many people assume that the same prescriptions must come with the same price tag wherever you pick them up, but there are serious discrepancies between different pharmacies. And pharmacies don’t advertise their prices the way a car dealership might, so it’s hard to know what the bill will show until it’s time to checkout. 

At least that’s what the status quo has been for a while now. Walmart+ is working to change that with Rx for less. Paid members can receive certain prescriptions for no cost, including popular medications for blood pressure, diabetes and mental health. If you don’t need treatment for any of those, you can still expect to save up to 85%, no matter what medication you take. Of course nothing is more important than your health, but that doesn’t mean you should spend all your money maintaining it.

2. Convenience

So we’ve covered that filling your prescriptions shouldn’t require all your money. It also shouldn’t take up all your time. That’s why it’s so important to find a Walmart pharmacy that’s close to you. That means you can choose a location near your home or office—or you can cover all your bases by going to one of the 4,000+ Walmart pharmacies. 

Walmart is in every community, which means you won’t have to go out of your way to start saving on your prescriptions. Plus, you won’t have to worry about searching for a new Walmart pharmacy—or seriously inconveniencing yourself—if you move, start a new job or need to pick up a prescription while you’re out of town. Walmart+ members can spend less while they save time.  

Walmart+ Rx

3. Versatility

In addition to being able to pick up your prescription from a Walmart pharmacy wherever you go, you can also speed up the process with mobile scan and go. And since you’ll be grabbing your medication from the same place you shop for groceries and other must-have items, you can knock out multiple chores in one trip. That removes the hassle of driving between the grocery store and pharmacy—and saves you money while you run any other errands, since your Walmart+ membership allows you to get five cents of every gallon of fuel from Walmart & Murphy stations. Signing up really helps you stack up the savings, in terms of both time and money.

4. Organization

Obviously it’s important that a pharmacy is organized with its records and medications, since keeping everything in order will make the transaction a quick and smooth process. But your pharmacy should go beyond that level of organization and help you keep track of all the info related to your prescriptions, such as your member ID and bin number. Walmart+ does it all by giving members access to a digital savings card that you can access on your computer and phone. 

Even if you already have insurance, you can still take advantage of the savings card benefit if the pricing is better. Simply request the Walmart pharmacy to provide you with the out-of-pocket costs for each payment option so you can decide which option is right for you. The Walmart pharmacy associate is there to provide everything you need to make an informed choice.

5. Accessibility 

At the best pharmacies, the process feels more like buying a new toothbrush than going to a doctor’s appointment, without all the paperwork and headaches the latter typically entails. Walmart+ simplifies the exchange with the same digital savings card that we mentioned above. All you need to do after entering your Walmart pharmacy is show the technician your phone and they’ll be all set to fill your prescription.

To put it simply, you want a pharmacy that makes your medication inexpensive and easy to access. Unlocking that kind of pharmacy experience is as simple as signing up for Walmart+. Check out what other perks come with your membership.

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