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    • MSE Callum
    • By MSE Callum 17th Mar 17, 12:31 PM
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    MSE News: Cost of NHS prescriptions and dental care to rise next month
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    • 17th Mar 17, 12:31 PM
    MSE News: Cost of NHS prescriptions and dental care to rise next month 17th Mar 17 at 12:31 PM
    The charge for an NHS prescription and NHS dental care in England will rise from 1 April, the Government has announced...
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    • Ames
    • By Ames 19th Mar 17, 4:36 PM
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    I've long believed every item dispensed on a prescription should be priced this way. Hopefully it may reduce waste.
    Originally posted by pmduk
    And what about people who need more expensive medication but can't afford hundreds or thousands a month for them?
    Unless I say otherwise 'you' means the general you not you specifically.

    Reading the alphabet in 2017. 21/100
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    • theoretica
    • By theoretica 19th Mar 17, 4:51 PM
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    And what about people who need more expensive medication but can't afford hundreds or thousands a month for them?
    Originally posted by Ames
    I think the poster was refering to the cost being printed on the packet - not to being charged it.
    But a banker, engaged at enormous expense,
    Had the whole of their cash in his care.
    Lewis Carroll
    • antrobus
    • By antrobus 19th Mar 17, 5:33 PM
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    I think the poster was refering to the cost being printed on the packet - not to being charged it.
    Originally posted by theoretica
    Well, that's what I was originally referring to. You don't get charged the cost of meds on discharge from hospital, you don't pay anything for meds in a NHS hospital. Crumbs, if you're in enough pain, they give you class A drugs for free.
    • Nick_C
    • By Nick_C 19th Mar 17, 5:56 PM
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    The thing that annoys me is when the prescription costs much more than the drug. I use generic betnovate. About 30g a year. If I could buy it OTC it would be about £3.
    Originally posted by Nick_C
    Have you asked for a private prescription for it?
    Originally posted by Ames
    I've not. I thought GPs charged for private prescriptions? I'll ask when I get the next one. Thanks.

    The cream itself costs £1.89!!

    https://www.weldricks.co.uk/products/betamethasone-valerate-cream-30g

    And I've just checked my GP's website. They charge £25 for issuing a private prescription!!
    Last edited by Nick_C; 19-03-2017 at 6:04 PM.
    • Ames
    • By Ames 19th Mar 17, 6:25 PM
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    I think the poster was refering to the cost being printed on the packet - not to being charged it.
    Originally posted by theoretica
    Well, that's what I was originally referring to. You don't get charged the cost of meds on discharge from hospital, you don't pay anything for meds in a NHS hospital. Crumbs, if you're in enough pain, they give you class A drugs for free.
    Originally posted by antrobus
    Ah, I misunderstood, apologies.

    I've not. I thought GPs charged for private prescriptions? I'll ask when I get the next one. Thanks.

    The cream itself costs £1.89!!

    https://www.weldricks.co.uk/products/betamethasone-valerate-cream-30g

    And I've just checked my GP's website. They charge £25 for issuing a private prescription!!
    Originally posted by Nick_C
    That's a shame, some do it for free if the meds are cheaper. You could ask them next time you see them though, if it's a once or twice a year thing. After all it doesn't cost them anything extra to print it off if you're being issued it in person.
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    Unless I say otherwise 'you' means the general you not you specifically.

    Reading the alphabet in 2017. 21/100
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 20th Mar 17, 10:36 PM
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    Only about 10% of the English pay prescription charges. There is a long list of exemptions, including 'people over 60'.
    Originally posted by antrobus
    That doesn't make it right, in fact the medical exemptions just increase the unfairness. Transplant patients still have to pay, even though they would die without the medicines. Likewise asthmatics are likely to have issues if they don't get their inhalers. Then there those with a qualifying condition, who get free everything even if it isn't related to that condition!
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    • KxMx
    • By KxMx 21st Mar 17, 4:35 PM
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    The medical exemption list is very antiquated and is long, long over due for through re-assessment IMO.
    • 50Twuncle
    • By 50Twuncle 23rd Mar 17, 10:39 AM
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    Do DIABETICS get an exception ?
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 23rd Mar 17, 10:26 PM
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    Do DIABETICS get an exception ?
    Originally posted by 50Twuncle
    Only if they take insulin or other medicine for the diabetes.
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    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £162.71/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £10/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
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