I shouldn't be getting free prescriptions

(221 Posts)
ssd Wed 16-Mar-16 08:22:13

because I live in Scotland

I work, so does dh

we have a combined income of £25k

we don't need a regular prescription every week

where I pick up my prescriptions, people I know who are lawyers, accountants, business owners all pick them up free, its across the board and not means tested

its all wrong, when people in England pay over £8 for theirs

it should be means tested, that and the winter fuel allowance , probably loads more I cant think of just now

ssd Wed 16-Mar-16 08:23:52

the biggest one is uni fees

the government are to blame, the English should be up in arms

cleaty Wed 16-Mar-16 08:23:59

GP care is not means tested either. It is part of your free at access point health care.

I am in England and before I was entitled to free prescriptions, I didn't always fill them at it was too expensive.

ssd Wed 16-Mar-16 08:24:59

but GP care is free all over, not just Scotland

SmellySourdough Wed 16-Mar-16 08:27:06

I think everyone should pay for prescriptions and then claim back under a 'hardship' rule.
I also think the cost of meds should be printed on the pack/dispensing sticker to show how much the meds actually cost.

SetPhasersTaeMalkie Wed 16-Mar-16 08:27:24

Yes the UK government is to blame but they were voted for by the English so they have the government they voted for and clearly want.

Dontneedausername Wed 16-Mar-16 08:29:16

Don't get me started on the Minor Ailments scheme!

dannydyerismydad Wed 16-Mar-16 08:30:00

YANBU. The system is a mess.

In England the exempt list makes very little sense. I get free prescriptions for children and the elderly even though DM thinks it's not a waste of time or money for her to rock up at the GP demanding prescriptions for hay fever remedies every summer

Transplant patients have to pay prescription fees on the anti rejection drugs. DH has to pay prescription charges for half of his heart medication. The other half is couriered direct to our house for free.

The whole system needs a fair overhaul.

fascicle Wed 16-Mar-16 08:32:01

I think I've read before that 80-90% of prescriptions are free. The system needs reviewing.

BayLeaves Wed 16-Mar-16 08:34:54

If you pay national insurance, they're not exactly "free"... I pay hundreds in NI each year and I don't think I should then pay extra for prescriptions...

KidLorneRoll Wed 16-Mar-16 08:35:22

I don't see why free at point of use healthcare shouldn't include prescriptions, drugs to make you better are as important as the initial free diagnosis. Means testing is inefficient and costly. The question should be why should people in England pay for their drugs.

whatevva Wed 16-Mar-16 08:38:18

I get to pay double for my HRT (as does anyone who has two different pill preparations in th same packet). Unfortunately it is only worth buying a prepayment card if I over order.

BarbaraofSeville Wed 16-Mar-16 08:39:44

It's often cheaper to make it free for everyone than to means test. But then you have the issue that some people don't value what is free and not bother to use all the medication that they are prescribed or otherwise expect things that can be bought cheaply from supermarkets etc like savlon and ibuprofen on prescription.

In England 80%+ of prescriptions are free, for children, pensioners, people on certain benefits, contraception for everyone and for people with certain chronic conditons.

Of the few remaining prescriptions no-one needs to pay more than about £10 per month because you can buy a prepayment card that gives unlimited prescriptions.

Unless you are certain that you will only need one or two prescriptions within a few months, you should ask for an official NHS receipt, because then it is possible to reclaim the money if you decide to take the card out within the next month.

But maybe they should make prescriptions free for everyone everywhere, but put more emphasis on people not wasting things or expecting basic painkillers on prescription to save a few pence when it costs so much more to supply on prescription.

Ginmakesitallok Wed 16-Mar-16 08:43:14

Yes it's the Scottish government's fault that nhs scotland provides more than nhs England hmm BAD scottish government!!! Maybe you should be concentrating on why the English system is falling apart more quickly.

cleaty Wed 16-Mar-16 08:45:39

80% of prescriptions are free because it is mainly the old and those with certain health conditions, who get medication on prescription. Lots and lots of people are not entitled to free prescriptions.

As for the idea of paying and claiming back. I get 4 medicines every month, and sometimes more. £40 is a lot to spend upfront.

BarbaraofSeville Wed 16-Mar-16 08:47:26

If your medication is regulat cleaty you can pay monthly by direct debit. No need to pay out £40 a time.

BreconBeBuggered Wed 16-Mar-16 08:49:21

They're also free in Wales.

I have to say that, the last time I was able to directly compare cross-border NHS services that, parking charges aside, the English seemed to be getting by far the better deal. When I moved to England I was immediately prescribed drugs I couldn't get in Scotland. I don't mind paying for prescriptions if patient treatment is better overall. That was pre-2015, however.

SunnyScot89 Wed 16-Mar-16 08:50:17

It has been calculated that to means test everyone would cost more than giving everyone free prescriptions.

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 16-Mar-16 08:50:19

Pre-payment certificates should be advertised much more widely.

Painkillers - its difficult if you are on the maximum dose each day, simply because for many it is challenging to pick up the required number, due to the restriction in number of tablets you can buy in any one transaction. It's a real issue for those in chronic pain.

Don't get me started on uni fees....

BombadierFritz Wed 16-Mar-16 08:50:42

Vote tory then

cleaty Wed 16-Mar-16 08:52:18

I get free prescriptions. Why would I want to pay regularly by direct debit?

And you do know there are plenty of people who do not have a bank account?

bushtailadventures Wed 16-Mar-16 08:52:23

I have a pre-payment card for my prescriptions because I'm asthmatic and asthma medication isn't on the exempt list. If I was paying for my scripts it would cost me around £40 a month and I just couldn't afford it. I don't really understand why some life saving drugs are exempt and others not?

BarbaraofSeville Wed 16-Mar-16 08:54:27

Pre-payment certificates should be advertised much more widely

There is a poster up about it in every pharmacist in the country. Also information on the NHS website.

I suppose the question would be, why do Scotland and Wales appear to be able to offer more to their citizens, such as free uni fees in Scotland, precriptions, car parking at hospitals etc? Are they more effecient? Do they have more money in the first place?

Or are they missing out on something else that we have in England instead, but are too busy moaning about hospital car parking and prescription charges to notice.

cleaty Wed 16-Mar-16 08:57:01

5% of people do not have a bank account. 11% if you don't count the Post Office card as a bank account. Many people are not able to do direct debits monthly to get a pre payment certificate.

PaulAnkaTheDog Wed 16-Mar-16 08:57:40

The issue with them being means tested is the administration costs etc. I'm pretty sure it works out more expensive.

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