Six ways to save on health care

Save money on staying healthy with these helpful tips.


When getting a prescription filled, the choices you make can save time and money—both for you and your plan. Here are six ways to save on health care.

  1. Use generic drugs when possible
    If you are able to use a generic version of a drug, please ask your doctor and pharmacist for it. This can do a lot to help reduce drug costs.

  2. Compare prescription costs with Pharmacy Compass
    The Pacific Blue Cross’ Pharmacy Compass tool is available to anyone (not just those with coverage through Pacific Blue Cross). Simply enter the drug name and your postal code to find which local drugstore has the best price and dispensing fee for prescription medications.

  3. Submit your claim on the spot with Insta-Claim
    Use Insta-Claim to locate an Insta-Claim health provider that can process your claim instantly. Insta-Claim submits your claim directly to Pacific Blue Cross on your behalf, so you only pay the difference.

  4. Find savings with the Blue Advantage program
    Pacific Blue Cross’ national Blue Advantage Program helps you find discounts on things like hearing assessments and aids, nursing services, wheelchairs, scooters and other medical equipment.

  5. Get connected with CARESnet and Pacific Blue Cross Mobile
    Sign into CARESnet online or use the Pacific Blue Cross Mobile app to check your coverage, submit and review claims, set up or change your direct deposit information and more.

  6. Locate a Preferred Pharmacy Network vendor near you
    Pharmacies that participate in the Pacific Blue Cross Preferred Pharmacy Network offer lower drug costs and dispensing fees, expanded health care support and help with special authority and high-cost drugs. Preferred Pharmacy Network is available in many pharmacies, including stores like Costco, London Drugs, Safeway, and Save-on Foods. 

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