Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Page 3
    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 23rd Aug 12, 9:39 AM
    • 6,512 Posts
    • 1,447 Thanks
    I am disabled and work 10 hours per week - we are on a low income (around £15k pa but have considerable savings) - hence are not entitled to free prescriptions) had we been earning more (to give me at least 16 hours) - we would have been entitled to WTC - which would have given us free prescriptions and also savings are not taken into account
    The whole system needs a radical overhaul !!
    • djtonyb
    • By djtonyb 23rd Aug 12, 12:07 PM
    • 589 Posts
    • 364 Thanks
    I noticed the 2 blue inhalers for £7 from Asda whilst shopping so decided to buy some. When I had my review with the pharmacist, I was told he couldnt sell me them because I needed to have "full blown asthma" or CPD (?). I only use my inhalers during the hayfever season as the pollen sometimes gives me a very tight chest. Just a heads up for anybody thinking they can easily buy these inhalers!
    Originally posted by zipman23
    I got mine from Asda the other week. A quick chat to the pharmacist and got them. Last had inhaler in 2008, no questions re "full blown asthma or COPD"

    Maybe go back when another pharmacist is on
    Fat and proud lol
    • jockosjungle
    • By jockosjungle 3rd Oct 12, 8:25 AM
    • 749 Posts
    • 3,464 Thanks
    Here is a top tip of my own...

    If you get a prescription and pay ALWAYS get the receipt that allows you to claim it back if you get a prepay card, regardless of whether you do.

    I'm not a very sick person but got an ear infection recently.

    The first antibiotics didn't last long enough, they gave me a second set, they didn't work, I got some drops and they did work.

    That was three prescriptions in one seven day period. But I didn't get the receipts.

    I now have something else which was two prescriptions.

    I would have saved money if I'd thought to get the receipts, but lesson learned and I got the receipts this time.

    If something else happens to me within the next month, then I can get a prepayment.

    I'd say what martin wrote is wrong though, you can only backdate a prepay certificate for one month, but you have three months to claim back the money.
  • Bin13
    NHS Bizarre Prescription Charging
    Will someone please explain the reason why a three-day course of POM antibiotics for a urinary tract infection costs £2.50 at Asda, but requires a 'private' prescription, whereas the identical three-day tablets course dispensed on an NHS prescription costs the patient THREE TIMES THE PRICE!!! from the same pharmacy? ie The standard £7.65 prescription charge.

    Surely, the diagnosis part is free, paid for by the NHS.
    If the 'fix' was surgical, then we wouldn't have to pay for it.

    The NHS prescription-writing should incur no extra cost or charge any more than a referral letter to a specialist.

    Indeed, it appears that the British Medical Association that all doctors are 'governed' by seems to state that prescriptions must not be charged for by any doctor within the NHS or outside it.

    The pharmacist is making less money from the NHS prescription dispensing than it does from private prescription dispensing.

    Surely, a prescription NHS or private is primarily an authorisation to dispense medication, especially medication that may not be available 'over-the-counter'. Yet an NHS prescription will not be accepted as a 'private' prescription by UK pharmacists.

    So why?

    I thought that the NHS prescription charge was designed to 'cap' the charges for medication, not magnify them and certainly NOT MULTIPLY them to people who work for low wages but don't qualify for the free prescription threshold.

    Logically, and in the original spirit of the NHS, if a medicine cost including dispensing charge totals less than the NHS levy, then the lower price should be charged when an NHS precription is dispensed.

    The NHS appears to effectively be 'taxing' one group of sick people to pay for the treatment of other sick people. Surely this can't be right? This is totally crazy and surely must be reviewed urgently?
  • Puffin74
    We're lucky as our Dr is quite good at putting a 'decent' quantity on a prescription if he knows we'll only be back in a months time for more!
  • James Harvey
    asthma inhaler price
    You can buy ventolin online from for £7.95 but there is a prescription fee of £2.50 so you end up paying just over £10. This might be useful if you are paying any higher than this or share if you have found any cheaper.
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 27th Jun 15, 9:53 AM
    • 7,102 Posts
    • 5,124 Thanks
    I thought that the NHS prescription charge was designed to 'cap' the charges for medication, not magnify them and certainly NOT MULTIPLY them to people who work for low wages but don't qualify for the free prescription threshold.
    Originally posted by Bin13
    I'm afraid you're wrong, it's a contribution towards the overall cost. I'd prefer them to be open and describes it as a sickness tax.
    • coolsociety
    • By coolsociety 6th Jul 16, 1:05 AM
    • 10 Posts
    • 5 Thanks
    Cheaper medics at £1 stores
    I thought I would mention this here as it was the price comparison for the Boots/Galpharm Loratadine hay fever tablets that caught my eye in the recent MSE email.

    Boots £8.19
    Galpharm £2.99

    I have seen these Galpharm branded in more than one different £1 store for, yes, £1.

    Another one is Loperamide, also sold under the brand name Imodium for over £8, (and you don't get many, 6 or 8 tablets as I remember). Supermarkets tend to charge around £2-£3 for a pack but the £1 stores also have these, for £1 of course.

    Be careful in those stores though - a pack of various types of biscuits cost £1 too but are often a lot less elsewhere, even the supermarkets, so the £1 stuff isn't always the cheapest!
    • lucyrobbins
    • By lucyrobbins 21st Sep 16, 8:52 PM
    • 1 Posts
    • 0 Thanks
    hospital prescription
    I was given a hospital prescription for 3 months supply of the same medicine,which I can only get from the hospital pharmacy as it is on a white instead of green prescription; they told me I would have to pick each months supply up separately and pay each time, rather than just paying once for the whole prescription as I usually do for a one item. I thought this is very strange, expensive and time consuming with having to travel to the hospital each month to pick it up. Does anyone know anything about this and is it right?
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 22nd Sep 16, 7:16 PM
    • 2,520 Posts
    • 1,942 Thanks
    You were possibly given a repeat prescription for 3 months ,not a three month supply one.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim's to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

4,898Posts Today

5,752Users online

Martin's Twitter
  • Don't tell me what I should be offended at! How ridiculous. I found the trivialisation of mental health offensive a?

  • Deeply offensive comment from audience member on question time. Trivialising mental health conditions to make a political point. #bbcqt

  • Today's twitter poll: What proportion of your usual monthly spending do you do in cash (ie not plastic, bank transfer, cheque etc)

  • Follow Martin