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Accutane costs (without health insurance)

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I'd like to know what I might wind up paying for Accutane and blood tests without health insurance. Are any of the other 'tanes the same but cheaper?

Also, I've never been to a dermatologist, so I'm wondering what their average rates might run, although I'm sure it ranges greatly.

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It's expensive even with generics. Assuming you are in the US, the cost of one pack (30 pills) of the generic i took (Claravis) was around $280. Brand name is roughly twice that price. If you need a dose that requires more than one pack, you have to buy them separately. My derm charges $150 per office visit, (and you must return every month) and i don't even know how much the bloodwork runs.

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Going on Accutane is expensive. Monthly I would say that for the whole treatment (doctors visit, bloodwork, medicine) it is costing over $1000. My doctors visit is $60, which I pay out of pocket, my blood work is I think around $250, but my insurance pays for that, and my medicine now is over $700, which with my co-pay is $3 thank God. Very expensive if you don't have good insurance.

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Just as a fun fact - here in Norway we are all covered by the public health care system - and the deal is this:

- Average yearly income in 2005: $58372

- Price for 400 x 20mg Roche Roaccuttane: $1118

- 90% of Roaccuttane costs over $166 is refunded. This means that a 400 x 20mg course will cost $261.

- A visit to the derm costs $44. Maximum per-year cost for doctor visits and medicine on "blue reciept" (does not include Roaccuttane) is $269.

But then we pay a lot of taxes ;)

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A few thousand to rid myself of acne is a drop in the bucket. I probably waste ten times that in the form of time just fretting over my skin.

How often do I have get blood work done? I'm assuming it's going to be a few times @ 250-300 each.

Alex007,

Here we enjoy the luxury of not being forced at gun-point to subsidize the health care of others. And we can even decide, all-grown-up-like, not to buy it for ourselves if we don't want it. I wish I could say the same about education. When I do buy health insurance (which I will eventually; I'm self-employed), it will likely cost less than you pay in taxes.

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From where I live it would be around, Derm. visit: $50.00 (with out of the pocket discount), Blood work: $161.50, 30 day supply of 40mg a day (Amnesteem): $320.00.

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I'd spend well over $1000 dollar to get rid of red bumps on my face and get on with life. So i can be more sociable and have confidence to at least LOOK at someone in the eyes :boohoo:

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back in the philippines, i spent around $30 a month for a box of acnetrex isotretinoin (generic) 10 mg for 6 months. i had a blood test only once before the treatment which cost me $40-$50. once to twice a month check-ups cost $6 to $14 per month (if my derm gives me facial extractions) per check-up. my derm also gives me skin-hair-and-nails supplements and they cost $7 for a 1-month supply.

EDIT:

a box of 30 10mg softgels of roaccutane over there costs $40

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How often do I have get blood work done? I'm assuming it's going to be a few times @ 250-300 each.

Usually you need at least one baseline before starting. Then most doctors require bloodwork each month before approving your next month's prescription to ensure that your lipids are OK, and one set after the course is over to ensure they returned to normal after the course. If your lipids don't raise much of your baseline, some doctors will reduce the amount of bloodwork you have to get. If you are a woman you must get 2 negative pregnancy tests (via serum which they can just do as part of your bloodwork, or urine) before starting, a negative pregnancy test before each month's prescription can be written, and a negative pregnancy test one month after the course is over.

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pffew, I'm glad to be living in the Netherlands,

In the Netherlands everyone needs to be insured, and so there is a kind of basic insurance which is obligatory. (Around € 85,- a month) But this insurance will give you free use of doctors, specialists and prescribed medicines.

For me, a Accutane treatment will cost me € 0,-

But, if it would cost me, let's say € 300,- I would spend the money too.

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I go to Costco and ask for the generic brand. Its $130. My derm told me that was the cheapest place to get it.

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With my Health PPO from BlueCross BlueShield, the initial doctor visit was $25, including bloodwork. Got a month supply of Amnesteem 40mg(generic) for just $50. Without was $550.49

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