Prescription discount cards can help you save serious cash on your prescriptions. Read on to find the best prescription discount card to help maximize your savings.
With the rising cost of prescription drugs, more people switching to high deductible healthcare plans, and rising copays, Americans need new ways to save on their prescriptions. The good news is that there are prescription discount cards, arriving on the scene which can help people save money - and they are free or low cost. GoodRx and SingleCare are two of the biggest names in the prescription savings card game. Using their free coupons or apps can help you save a lot on your prescription by paying a discounted cash price instead of your copay through your health insurance plan.
Dont have time to read the whole comparison of GoodRx vs SingleCare? No problem, heres the summary:
Given that both brands offer competitive pricing, SingleCare is our pick as the prices shown on the website are 100% free and are always from large national pharmacies, making the lowest price attainable for most people. Despite being newer and having a smaller network, SingleCare won more head to head comparisons on the drugs we checked.
The first thing you need to know is that both GoodRx and SingleCare are cash cards. They arent insurance. This means that you are paying a discounted price in cash rather than a copay. Practically this may not make a significant difference for many people. The one potential downside here though is that what you pay in cash is not automatically applied to your health insurance deductible. Some insurance plans may allow you to submit a receipt and have the cost applied towards your deductible though.
To use either GoodRx or SingleCare:
Both GoodRx and SingleCare provide discounts on prescriptions but there are slight differences to each app. Pricing appears to be competitive between the two sites when comparing the same pharmacies (ex: CVS vs CVS, Walmart vs Walmart, Walgreens vs Walgreens, etc). That said GoodRx often includes other smaller pharmacies on their website which are not viable options for many Americans. No one company can have the lowest pricing on every drug - sometimes GoodRx is cheaper, sometimes SingleCare wins. You should price check your medication across both apps and find which network has the best prices for your medication.
Note: SingleCare has a tool which allows you to enter all your prescriptions and find which pharmacy will net you the lowest aggregate price so you dont have to go to multiple pharmacies to save the most money. Check it out here.
GoodRx is newer than SingleCare and has a more established network of pharmacies. There are about 70,000 pharmacies in GoodRxs network versus 35,000 in SingleCares network. That said, both brands work with most national pharmacies so most Americans will be able to easily fill a discounted prescription from either.
It is important to note that both brands default to showing the generic pricing when a generic drug is available. This means if you look up Lipitor, both SingleCare and GoodRx will show you the cost of atorvastatin. If you require the branded version of a drug, you can easily toggle pricing on both apps.
Finally - when you are comparing pricing on GoodRx vs SingleCare, make sure you are comparing apples to apples. A couple things to watch out for:
Both GoodRx and SingleCare have similar functionality across their site. You can look up drug prices on each, modify quantities, strength, and prescription forms and get updated prices and coupons. Similarly, both GoodRx and SingleCare have iOS and Android apps that can be download. You can also print free coupons on each of their sites as well if you dont want to download the app.
That said, SingleCares design is much cleaner and modern while GoodRxs design feels outdated.
This is at the crux of SingleCare vs GoodRx - who is going to save you the most money. The answer is it depends on your medication. Both free prescription discount cards are competitive with each, but no one card can win every time. As such its best to compare each medication at YOUR pharmacy. Below is a summary of the drugs we spot checked (Note: We excluded member pricing and only compared free discounts to make it apples to apples). For these drugs, SingleCare tended to win.
Note GoodRxs member pricing in orange
Note GoodRxs member pricing in orange
This is one of the big differentiators between GoodRx and SingleCare - GoodRx provides their best discounts as part of GoodRx Gold while SingleCares best discounts are 100% free. GoodRx Gold starts at $5.99 for individuals and $9.99 for families. To access SingleCare (and the free part of GoodRx) you dont even need to signup, you can either download the mobile app or print a coupon without giving your email or any personal information.
While GoodRx and SingleCare work with most national pharmacies to provide Americans with discounted prescription medications, GoodRx also has many smaller pharmacies and Costco, which do not appear in SingleCares network. SingleCare claims 35,000 pharmacies in its network while GoodRx boasts 70,000 locations.
Major GoodRx Participating Pharmacies
Major SingleCare Participating Pharmacies