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to be sick of getting ripped off at the chemist?

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pooexplosions Tue 27-Oct-09 14:24:43

Newborn has a cold, sent DH to pharmacy to get
a) a nasal aspirator
b)saline drops and
c) small tube of bonjela.

Over 18 fecking euro! shockThe saline drops is a 10ml tiny little bottle, the aspirator is a cheap flimsy bit of plastic and the bonjela is, well, bonjela, but the smallest size. AIBU to expect that to cost a little less?

I hate chemists. Its not bad enough that we have to pay full price for all prescription meds (cost me 35 euro for cream and drops for babys thrush last week, and 50 euro per month for steroids for DH), they have to overcharge for absolutely everything. And they price fix too, so even though there seems to be a chemist on every corner, there is no competition.

i hate this country. Ceád mile faílte my fecking póg!

louii Tue 27-Oct-09 14:27:16

Was wondering how it cost that much then realised you are in the rip of Republic.

That would have maybe cost 5 quid out of my local chemist.

I am so glad we no longer live in Ireland.

Iklboo Tue 27-Oct-09 14:28:44

Ermmmm - so you're not in the UK then I take it? Do any of your supermarkets sell the stuff?

reikizen Tue 27-Oct-09 14:29:15

How newborn? Most newborns do a lot of sneezing etc but it is simply due to nasal passages drying out and introduction of particles etc to previously in utero nose (iyswim). What is the bonjela for?

pooexplosions Tue 27-Oct-09 14:34:26

nearly 4 weeks, def a cold, the other kids have had it too and we parents have had flu-y symptoms. He's full of snot and coughing too, finding it hard to sleep and eat due to blocked nose (hence the supplies). The bonjela is for me though, not him.
Not in any supermarkets near hear, only the chemist. And yeah, rip off republic is right. Most of the time we are used to it, but sometimes its just appalling.

biggirlsdontcry Tue 27-Oct-09 14:41:51

hi pooex - im in the republic of ire too & i am sick & tired of our local chemists , dd has atopic eczema & lately the prices of her lotions & creams have gone up , for an example one 30g tube of ointment has gone up by ?5 in the last two months , its very annoying .

diddl Tue 27-Oct-09 14:53:06

You pay for childrens prescriptions?

Tee2072 Tue 27-Oct-09 14:53:18

I take it you're not close enough to N Ireland to drive up here? Even with the exchange rate things like Bonjela must be cheaper here.

Bucharest Tue 27-Oct-09 14:55:14

I feel your pain- we pay for scrips too- except antibiotics which are handed out like sweeties.

I fill my suitcase when home in the UK- if ever I get stopped by customs they'd think I was setting up a stall (or have really bad hypochondria)

kidcreoleandthecoconuts Tue 27-Oct-09 15:03:47

YANBU. That is the one thing I hate about living in Ireland, the healthcare system. 50 euro for a GP visit (including children) and extortionate pharmacy costs. I'm on long term medication and it costs me 65 euro a month for a packet of 28 pills! It a wonder the whole country aren't dead on their feet as I have to be literally at deaths door to even contemplate visiting the GP.

goryminx Tue 27-Oct-09 15:08:19

Is there no-one in the UK that could send you that sort of stuff - agree with above poster - that list of stuff over here would be £5 - probably less?

SquIDGEyeyeballs Tue 27-Oct-09 15:10:27

Make your own: instead of an aspirator suck the snot out yourself. Make your own saline by heating a tsp of salt in 8 ozs water until dissolved (avoid boiling) then cool to room temperature before using.

Is the bonjela for ulcers? Either use the saline solution or rinse with a very dilute solution of tea tree oil in water.

(Sorry no use to you now you've forked out all that cash)

louii Tue 27-Oct-09 16:07:11

I needed a Dr to come out at night to my sick 7 week old baby and had to pay him 90 euro when he arrived.
You have to be rich to be not well in Ireland.

biggirlsdontcry Tue 27-Oct-09 16:18:41

90 euro omg shock was that d-doc you had to call louii ? hope your lo is ok x

louii Tue 27-Oct-09 18:22:10

I have no idea what Dr's it was, i was living in Bray at the time and phoned the number that was on the GP answer machine.

Would also have been useful if the Dr that came out had a grasp of the English language.hmm

The healthcare system was a real decider when we were thinking of moving, as DP and DS have asthma which costs a fortune with inhalers etc,and we were earning too much to get a medical card.

So glad we moved to Scotland.

NHS24 is shite but at least its free.

Tryharder Tue 27-Oct-09 18:26:55

Can't believe you have to pay for kids prescriptions in Ireland. Can't you claim the cost back from your medical insurance (presume people who work have to have private medical insurance like in Germany).

I will never complain about the NHS again.

pooexplosions Tue 27-Oct-09 19:42:07

Most people don't have insurance here, its pretty expensive. There is no way I could afford health insurance for my family. Most plans don't cover Gp anyway, though some have an add on to get maybe half back.
If you are on benefits or poor enough you can get a medical card so its free, but the income limits are low. There is a good portion of people here who are too poor to afford health insurance/private doctors and too well off (allegedly hmm) to get a medical card, stuck in the middle. And its all just so expensive....sad
Wish I lived in Scotland....

biggirlsdontcry Tue 27-Oct-09 20:07:57

we are on a drugs payment scheme - this means that you only have to pay 100 euro in any one month & any medication after you reach that 100 euro is free , just as well as ds & myself have asthma & dd has eczema .

Vallhala Tue 27-Oct-09 20:16:49

Three things, poo:

1/ YANBU. At all.

2/ I hope Baby gets well soon.

3/ I've Googled the Gaelic you used - am I right you're saying "A hundred thousand welcomes my fecking arse!" ?

Yours is a beautiful country and I melt at Irish accents. I'm just bloody glad I don't live there though as I couldn't afford to!

pooexplosions Tue 27-Oct-09 20:34:12

Thanks all. I do trips to NI every month or so, but its too far for a quick trip,and with a sick newborn and a toddler and a 5 year old on ahlf term, I couldn't even get to the chemist myself today!

vallhala, yep thats what I said! grin I'm originally from lancashire, moved here at 18 (was meant to be temporary but now past 30, so not so much) so don't really speak Irish, but I have a bit! wink

Sometimes I just wish it was a bit easier to live here. Its so hard to get by these days, between a massive mortgage for a tiny house, saving up my college fees (approx 3k per year for 4 years) and everything else costing so much, sometimes all I think about is money and how we are going to keep afloat. sad

Vivia Tue 27-Oct-09 21:57:59

This reminds me of staying in Sri Lanka. I had to call the doctor out four times. Each time I needed an injection and drugs, so each visit cost me Rs 4000. That's £21 to me. But Rs 4000 is a Sri Lankan teacher's salary for three months! Another place where you simply can't afford to get sick.

megapixels Wed 04-Nov-09 00:53:13

Not true Vivia.
(about teacher's salary)

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