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Published: Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 10:00 AM
Ever feel like the cost of your prescriptions is spiraling out of control? SingleCare lets you comparison shop for medications before you get to the pharmacy and promises savings of up to 80% off.
The marketplace for discount prescription savings services is getting crowded. In the past, we’ve told you about GoodRx and RxSaver. Both of them help you comparison shop the cost of your prescriptions and are similar to SingleCare.
In this article, we’ll take a look at how SingleCare works, which pharmacies accept it and we’ll also compare their prices on certain medications head-to-head with GoodRx and RxSaver.
SingleCare is a prescription savings card and mobile app that makes comparison shopping for prescriptions easy. Here’s how to use this tool either on a desktop or smartphone:
SingleCare says it has partnerships with 35,000 pharmacies nationwide. These include the following:
That’s obviously just a partial list of the tens of thousands of pharmacies that accept SingleCare. You can find a participating pharmacy near you by searching on the SingleCare website or using the app.
SingleCare doesn’t require you to join anything to make use of its services. All you do is save money if they offer a price you like and you take it!
Since this is not insurance, that means there are never any:
Furthermore, you don’t have to disclose your email, phone number, Facebook account or any other personal information to get the savings.
On the question of privacy, SingleCare says it is “prohibited by law from selling any personal information including name, address, or prescription information.”
“We respect your privacy and we will never share your personal information with a third party, and constantly maintain the highest security standards,” the company notes online.
We decided to see how SingleCare’s prices stacked up against those of its two main competitors — GoodRx and RxSaver. Here are the results:
Atorvastatin Calcium (Lipitor) Price Comparison
Losartan (Cozaar) Price Comparison
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Price Comparison
Omeprazole (Prilosec) Price Comparison
Levofloxacin (Levaquin, Quixin) Price Comparison
As you can see, SingleCare was the costliest service with all five drugs we shopped. That’s why you have to do your own comparison shopping before using any service that purports to be a money-saver.
SingleCare can not be combined with insurance; it’s either one or the other at the pharmacy checkout counter.
However, that shouldn’t discourage you from comparison shopping. As the SingleCare FAQ page notes:
“Even if you do have insurance, it’s not uncommon for SingleCare to be cheaper than a co-pay on your prescription, so always check prices at singlecare.com to compare pricing.”
SingleCare works when you’re comparison shopping for either brand name or generic drugs. However, the search tool defaults to show the generic offering.
As you probably know, generic medications are often cheaper than their brand name counterparts despite having the same active ingredients.
The green highlighted box below shows how you would isolate brand names drugs in your search:
SingleCare distinguishes itself from both GoodRx and RxSaver by offering discounted dental care.
They promise you can save up to 55% on a variety of dental procedures such as:
We put SingleCare’s savings claim to the test. To do so, we pulled quotes for an exam and cleaning in several zip codes around the country, looking at the cash pay price vs the SingleCare price.
|Zip Code||SingleCare Price||Cash Pay Price*|
|30039 (metro Atlanta)||$128||$202|
|64030 (metro Kansas City)||$123||$192|
|97035 (metro Portland, Ore.)||$162||$211|
|85001 (metro Phoenix)||$102||$205|
* Cash pay based on state average
As you can see, SingleCare does offer a sizeable discount versus the cash pay price. That said, your situation may vary so be sure to do your own price comparison.
Note: You can’t use SingleCare for dental procedures if you’re paying for your visit with traditional dental insurance.
SingleCare is another tool in your arsenal of pharmacy discounts cards and apps that could potentially save you money on your medications. However, our numbers showed it was the priciest of the three services we tested.
That said, SingleCare still may be useful particularly if you need access to discounted dental services. As always, be sure to comparison shop before any health care purchase.
Meanwhile, be sure to see our article on 10 Ways to Save on Prescription Drugs .