To think the NHS would have a few more quid if...

(118 Posts)
DolomitesDonkey Wed 13-Feb-13 09:22:41

They had even half a handle on health tourism?

I left the UK to go abroad in 99. I'm back visiting and on Monday needed a doctor for conjunctivitis. I was seen without any verification of who I am, I was asked to provide a name, local address and home address. None were checked.

At the chemist I caused much hilarity when I asked how much it was or if a passport was ok as ID.

Oh, and the doctor asked if I wanted a prescription for paracetamol. confusedLike that's not available for 15p in tesco.

I am saddened by the whole thing. Being EU I'm entitled to reciprocal healthcare and I'd have been happy to pay and claim back later. But the whole thing was a fucking joke, ok my treatment was cheap - but that's 30 quid not in the budget of "your" child's treatment now.

Cortana Wed 13-Feb-13 10:12:41

Was looking forward to a debate on this. The NHS is amazing but it has it's faults.

"Sorry, can't read the guardian link due to socialist propaganda in the face of experienced fact."

But there won't be debate will there. Nevermind.

landofsoapandglory Wed 13-Feb-13 10:13:37

When you go for an out patients appointment to a new department in our local hospital, you have to take ID and documentation to prove that you are entitled to NHS treatment. If you don't take it, they re schedule the appointment.

ChairmanWow Wed 13-Feb-13 10:14:04

Why is looking after your daughter's sexual health an extravagance? Good for her for having the foresight to plan for the trip, and good for her GP for having the intelligence to give her a long enough prescription that she might consider staying on it if she is to be sexually active.

Meglet Wed 13-Feb-13 10:14:19

I wish they wouldn't give out months worth of pills at a time. They've been trying me out on various medication to treat my IBS and nothing worked, it's all half used as it either didn't work in a few weeks or had side effects so I had to stop. I must take it to the chemist to be disposed of actually. Such a waste, a months worth would be more sensible.

Rhiannon86 Wed 13-Feb-13 10:14:26

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BrittaPerry Wed 13-Feb-13 10:14:32

Contraception is always free, because unplanned pregnancies/abortions/babies cost much, much more. I think it is brilliant that it is easily available.

What worries me is that I have medication that I will be on for the rest of my life. In fact, if I stopped taking it I would probably end up in hospital against my will. 'Luckily' I am poor enough to get it free, but if that stops, either by me earning more or cuts getting at free prescription funding, I will constantly be worried about something happening meaning I can't afford it. In the past I have only been allowed one weeks meds at a time - that would have cost me a fortune. I know you can prepay, but when I have been ill enough to get weekly prescriptions I haven't been in a mental state to sort out paying a large lump sum and would be more likely to just not get the meds.

Still, it would cost me around 6 dollars a day just for my basic meds in America, so mustn't grumble.

gordyslovesheep Wed 13-Feb-13 10:15:14

well you should have gone private then OP

I have never seen anyone given something for FREE and moan about so mych grin

MmeLindor Wed 13-Feb-13 10:15:35

Actually, when I moved here, I needed to provide proof of identity and UK address, and NI number.

So it is not the case that you can simply walk into a doc surgery and be treated.

Rhiannon86 Wed 13-Feb-13 10:16:16

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gordyslovesheep Wed 13-Feb-13 10:17:22

well I'll stump up for the OP then smile problem solved ;)

gordyslovesheep Wed 13-Feb-13 10:18:09

Oh and OP conjunctivitis can be treated over the counter by a chemist - no need to waste a Dr's time

theodorakisses Wed 13-Feb-13 10:18:38

In fairness, I asked for a private GP appointment having lived outside for over 10 years and not paying NI. The receptionist snapped that I "could have a normal appointment like everyone else, they don't do special treatment there" probably just someone who wasn't very well trained or busy and stressed so no big deal. I just donated to Cancer Research so I felt I had evened up the balance.

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 13-Feb-13 10:20:07

I don't get this at all.

You are moaning that the service that looked after your conjunctivitis looked after your conjunctivitis? Or is it something more than that? Is it because them funny faced brown people or worse, the POLES might come and get their gammy eyes looked at gratis, too?

Seriously, I could not give a fuck.

YABU.

fromparistoberlin Wed 13-Feb-13 10:21:29

yanbu

NHS need to tighten up on

central buying
translation
admin systems
and giving everyone free prescriptions! costs a fortune. people should get a card for free prescriptions and by default we pay

gordyslovesheep Wed 13-Feb-13 10:21:45

you can't really make a private GP appointment in an NHS practice though (not sure how it works) I would have thought BUPA or some such would have seen you though

I had a GP who always gave me private prescriptions but I don't pay now due to my being delapidated and exempt

theodorakisses Wed 13-Feb-13 10:22:16

Sorry to derail but, Marmalade, my sister used to call me Marmalade Twatkins for years and years! Nostalgic now.

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 13-Feb-13 10:22:32

Who is this "everyone" who gets free prescriptions and why aren't I getting them? confused

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 13-Feb-13 10:23:06

What?! You mean I didn't invent this name?! sad

<wanders off forlornly>

theodorakisses Wed 13-Feb-13 10:23:23

I have had several private GP appointments. It costs £17.50, they see you at the end of surgery. Prescriptions are about £15. Not for about 4 years though so maybe it's changed.

fromparistoberlin Wed 13-Feb-13 10:25:03

marmalade

why, OH WHY when people riase what might be a valid point do you (and many others) immediately leap to call them xenophobic?

It means its almost hard to have a proper coversation

If I went to Italy I would not get that treatment, and I think its right. I would make the effort to have NCIC card, and insurance

and FFS most of the "brown faced people" you refer to have been in England for years, you are making nasty assumptions

gordyslovesheep Wed 13-Feb-13 10:25:51

you would - under the E111 scheme

usualsuspect Wed 13-Feb-13 10:26:27

I don't get free proscriptions confused

gordyslovesheep Wed 13-Feb-13 10:26:55
MmeLindor Wed 13-Feb-13 10:26:59

fromparistoberlin
How much would that cost though - the giving of cards to those entitled to free prescriptions?

90% of items dispensed are given out free as children, those on low incomes and cancer patients are exempt

Yes, those bastard kids and poor people, not to mention the cancer patients. They shouldn't get free prescriptions.

MarmaladeTwatkins Wed 13-Feb-13 10:27:20

<groan>

I'm just reading between the lines.

That's what it's about isn't it? Just stop with the dilly-dallying and get to the point.

And yes,thanks for telling me what I already know about second/third generation asians/Jamaicans etc. I see that irony is lost on you.

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