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    Free or Reduced Cost Prescriptions - UK Only

    Who is entitled to get free prescriptions?

    * If you are under 16 (under 25 in Wales).
    * If you are under 19 and in full-time education.
    * If you are aged 60 or over.
    * If you (or your partner) gets one of the following:

    • Income Support.
    • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance.
    • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

    * If you have an NHS tax credit exemption certificate.
    * Some war pensioners - if treatment is connected with the pensionable disability.
    * If you have a prescription exemption certificate (see below).
    * People on a low income who have a certificate HC2 (see below).

    If you are entitled to free prescriptions, complete the declaration on the back of the prescription and sign it. You may be asked for proof that you are exempt.

    Who can get a prescription exemption certificate?

    If you are pregnant or have had a child in the past year

    Get form FW8 from your doctor, midwife or health visitor to apply for a Maternity Exemption Certificate. The form is sent off to the Prescription Pricing Authority who will issue the certificate.

    People who have certain medical conditions

    Although there are many conditions requiring regular medication, only the following qualify for an exemption certificate:

    * A permanent fistula requiring dressing.
    * Forms of hypoadrenalism such as Addison's Disease.
    * Diabetes insipidus and other forms of hypopituitarism.
    * Diabetes mellitus except where treatment is by diet alone.
    * Hypoparathyroidism
    * Myasthenia gravis.
    * Myxoedema (underactive thyroid) or other conditions where supplemental thyroid hormone is necessary.
    * Epilepsy requiring regular anti-epilepsy medication.
    * If, because of a permanent disability, you cannot leave your home without help.

    If you have one of these conditions, get form FP92A from your doctor's surgery and fill it in. This is sent to the Prescription Pricing Authority who will issue a Medical Exemption Certificate.

    If you have a Medical Exemption Certificate or Maternity Exemption Certificate, all your prescriptions are free, whatever the medication is for.

    If you are diagnosed with an underactive thyroid then you are entitled to free prescriptions for life (uness, more rarely, your hypothyroidism is a temporary condition). This means all your prescriptions will be free, not just your thyroid medication.


    http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/1126.aspx


    You can obtain an FP92A form from your surgery and your GP has to sign it to confirm your diagnosis of 'myxoedema' (hypothyroidism). You then send this off to receive a card to carry with you and present to the prescribing pharmacy each time you pick up your prescriptions. If you have to buy medication during the period you are waiting for your card to arrive then ask the chemist to make up a redemption form and you will be refunded at the pharmacy once the card arrives.


    In my experience pharmacy do not actually ask to show the card but if you check the box on the back of the prescription, they'll give your the prescription. Most of the pharmacists know that thyroxine patients will have free prescription anyway.


    Just to note it's only applies to underactive and not overactive thyroid patients.

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    Re: Free or Reduced Cost Prescriptions - UK Only

    You guys are very fortunate, I think I have to move to the UK to get in on the good medical there. Here in the US you have to pay through your eyeballs for any kind of medical assistance or aide.
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    Re: Free or Reduced Cost Prescriptions - UK Only

    Well the biggest trouble in the UK is you cannot go straight to the specialist Endocrinologist .... you have to go to GP first who will take your blood tests and if the tests are within range......you cannot have the treatment even though you are suffering from it and have all the symptoms of that disease.

    Almost all of the GPs do what they are told at uni or college and they dont really care about how patient feels

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    Re: Free or Reduced Cost Prescriptions - UK Only

    Then UK medical care is not as good as its made out to be then? I thought that almost anyone could walk into doctor's office for free and receive treatment including medication?

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    Re: Free or Reduced Cost Prescriptions - UK Only

    Any thing handled by the government machinery is going to be sluggish. This is true in the case of medicine as well. When they give free medical in UK, you will be forced to wait for days or weeks before you get an appointment. If you are in an emergency situation, it all will come down to the alignment of your stars at the moment!!

    In US, you get better treatment. But the expense is very high. The hospitals will kick you out as soon as you wake up from anesthesia, even after any major surgery!! The more time you stay in the hospital, the insurance companies will have to pay more for you!!

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    Re: Free or Reduced Cost Prescriptions - UK Only

    Quote Originally Posted by Jones
    Then UK medical care is not as good as its made out to be then? I thought that almost anyone could walk into doctor's office for free and receive treatment including medication?
    You pay for prescriptions, which are the medications, unless you're exempt from doing so like the ones listed in the original post. What you don't pay for the way you do in the US is things like doctor appointments, seeing specialists at the hospital or having operations. It's not 'free' as such because it comes out of the taxes everyone pays but you won't be handed a bill when you leave.

    You can of course opt to go for private healthcare with organisations like BUPA where you pay.

    The downside is that NHS waiting lists are enormously long for common conditions requiring surgery, consultations with specialists etc. It does vary from region to region however with some having shorter lists than others and people have been known to move house to take advantage of that. You do have to work your way through the levels of referral from GP on upwards which is frustratingly slow sometimes. I'm originally from the UK and talk from my own experience and knowledge of how it worked then but of course some things may have changed. Having been through all the tests for a brain tumor there, I can sympathise with anyone about how slowly the NHS wheels turn sometimes and what an agonising wait it is between getting appointment letters, going to the appointments and hearing the results.

    When they give free medical in UK, you will be forced to wait for days or weeks before you get an appointment. If you are in an emergency situation, it all will come down to the alignment of your stars at the moment!!
    Untrue, I'm afraid. Put it this way: if you were knocked down by a bus tomorrow in the UK, you could be taken by ambulance to the hospital, treated, have extensive surgery, be kept in for as long as it necessary even if it's months and then released to continue rehabilitation as an outpatient. You'd also get home visits if needed from the community nurse to check on you - all at no cost.

    The National Health Service (NHS) is open to all citizens, rich or poor and is widely respected throughout the world. The Labour government introduced it after WWII and it was to protect everyone, including the most vulnerable in society - the poor, the elderly and the young . "From cradle to grave" is the phrase associated with the underlying aims of the NHS.

    Often it's the luck of the draw when you get seen depending on your geographical location but not everything is slow. I for example was sterilised years ago- I saw my doctor one day and was in surgery within three days. I could call my doctor's office at eight o'clock in the morning and have an appointment that afternoon. My father had a triple bypass and it didn't cost him a penny.

    Personally, I don't think there's any national healthcare service in the world that even comes close to looking after their citizens the way the NHS does.

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    Re: Free or Reduced Cost Prescriptions - UK Only

    NHS is under too much burden now as it is free for anyone "living" in the UK. I know people who live in other counties but come here for treatment when their date is due.

    In terms of appointments, it's hard to get something before 2 or 3 months. I got cold and sore throat, couldnt get to see my GP before two weeks as he was very "busy"

    Nobody wants to go to hospital or the GPs but if u have to for a reason, they will do the cheapest possible treatment to save money and not to care about the patient.

 

 

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