Discount Prescription Drug Cards, Are They Worth It?

The President suggested them to give you a break at the pharmacy while Congress debates Medicare coverage.

But those "voluntary" discount prescription cards really only give you small savings.

The General Accounting Office collected information in Chicago, Seattle and Washington, D.C.  on 12 of the most widely used brand name drugs. Federal investigators found that seniors using the "voluntary" discount cards only saved about 8% off the average retail price.

Still, a spokesman with the Department of Health and Human Services says some discount is better than none and the Bush administration is still hoping for a Medicare program since they think it would have more power to get greater discounts from drug companies than the current "voluntary" cards.