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    • Former MSE Helen
    • By Former MSE Helen 12th Mar 15, 12:22 PM
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    MSE News: Prescription and dental charges to rise in April
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    • 12th Mar 15, 12:22 PM
    MSE News: Prescription and dental charges to rise in April 12th Mar 15 at 12:22 PM
    NHS prescription and dental charges will increase in England from 1 April, the Department of Health has today announced...

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    • Butterfly Brain
    • By Butterfly Brain 12th Mar 15, 5:03 PM
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    • 12th Mar 15, 5:03 PM
    What gauls me is that only those living in England pay the charges whilst Scotland, Wales and NI get free prescriptions.
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    • clauski
    • By clauski 12th Mar 15, 9:20 PM
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    • 12th Mar 15, 9:20 PM
    What gauls me is that only those living in England pay the charges whilst Scotland, Wales and NI get free prescriptions.
    Originally posted by Butterfly Brain


    Totally agree. Why should English residents have to fund a greater share of the NHS than others? And the fact 90% of prescriptions are already supposedly free does nothing but rub in the fact that the ones I pay for aren't!
    • Ectophile
    • By Ectophile 12th Mar 15, 9:39 PM
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    • 12th Mar 15, 9:39 PM
    Whatever happened to "free at the point of use"?
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 13th Mar 15, 8:48 AM
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    • 13th Mar 15, 8:48 AM
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    • 13th Mar 15, 8:48 AM
    Why is a rise in prescription fee rise considered as news anyway? Has it ever not occurred since 1979?
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    • 13th Mar 15, 9:32 AM
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    • 13th Mar 15, 9:32 AM
    Whatever happened to "free at the point of use"?
    Originally posted by Ectophile
    The country are not prepared to accept the level of taxation or the cuts in other services to achieve this ideal.

    It was realised within 5 years of the NHS beginning that 'free at the point of use' was unsustainable
    • jennie65
    • By jennie65 13th Mar 15, 9:52 AM
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    • 13th Mar 15, 9:52 AM
    everyone should pay
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    • 13th Mar 15, 9:52 AM
    Well if all UK countries were made to pay then maybe the English could pay slightly less. My son put off going to get his infected toe seen to because he never had enough money to pay the prescription charge. I ended up paying it even though I have a prepayment certificate to cover mine. Over £8 is a lot of money to some people so he was trying to make do without going.
    We none of us go the the dentist as that's way out of our budgets. And no in case your wondering - we don't drink or smoke either.
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    • sammyjammy
    • By sammyjammy 13th Mar 15, 6:37 PM
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    Well if all UK countries were made to pay then maybe the English could pay slightly less.
    Originally posted by jennie65
    I'm afraid it doesn't work like that. The other countries get a sum of money (probably per capita) and they choose to use some of that money to fund free prescriptions, England choose to spend that money on something else.

    Personally I think very few people should get free prescriptions, certainly not all pensioners. So many people get prescriptions willy nilly just because they don't have to cover the cost themselves, its such a waste.
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    • Pincher
    • By Pincher 15th Mar 15, 8:08 PM
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    • 15th Mar 15, 8:08 PM
    There was a chain called Dentals Arts.
    Claims to do NHS work, but it's non-stop upselling
    to private. The NHS filling fell out after a couple of days.
    Generally incompetent anyway, so I didn't want them to touch my teeth again.


    Been going to a 100% private dentist for several years. Reassuringly expensive. I shudder at what people get on NHS.
    • 22cuddles
    • By 22cuddles 15th Mar 15, 9:25 PM
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    Why is a rise in prescription fee rise considered as news anyway? Has it ever not occurred since 1979?
    Originally posted by pmduk
    Yes, in the last General Election year there was no change from the previous until the following April.
    • Abbafan1972
    • By Abbafan1972 15th Mar 15, 9:30 PM
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    It's expensive yes, but at least you get something to show for it at the end.

    The dentist:- £18.50 charge for the dentist looking in your mouth and saying "that's fine we'll see in you in 6 months".
    Winging it since 1972

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  • broasis
    I am not sur eit's right that english people have to pay while the other UK countries get away with not.

    There are some peope who are prescribed multiple medicines and have to choose which is most important as they cannot afford them! They often have to ask a pharmacist which is the least important! It's just not right!
  • broasis
    Also, private dental prices vary massively! Take a look at this:

    http://www.thebestofhealth.co.uk/uk-dental-costs-vary-by-up-to-733/

    Apparently, depending on where you live, they can vary by 733%!
    • Toothsmith
    • By Toothsmith 16th Mar 15, 6:48 PM
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    Also, private dental prices vary massively! Take a look at this:

    http://www.thebestofhealth.co.uk/uk-dental-costs-vary-by-up-to-733/

    Apparently, depending on where you live, they can vary by 733%!
    Originally posted by broasis
    Hold the front pages!!! Dental prices vary!!!!

    If they were all the same people would be screaming 'Cartel'!!

    At my local McDonalds - a bit of beef can be had, with a bun thrown in, and some fries for a couple of quid.

    I saw a restaurant the other day that charged £45 JUST FOR A BIT OF BEEF!

    How amazing is that for a price variation! 2000%+ variation in the price of cooked beef!!
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
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