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Old 19-04-2012, 03:24   #1
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£7.65 now for a prescription?!

Outrageous! got my medication yesterday which i've been on for about 3 years and i have to take one nightly/daily, i cannot believe the price of them these days.

I also have a question, my psychiatrist is about to put me on mood stabilizers this friday and im just wondering if i will need to pay for my anti depressants and mood stabilizer separately? or could i pay for both of them together in a bundle kind of way? because £15 is a lot of money each month if separately.

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Old 19-04-2012, 03:35   #2
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Re: £7.65 now for a prescription?!

hi

if i remember correctly
the prescription payment is per item
so if u getting 2 items u pay for 2x£7.65

if u need prescriptions more then 4 times in 3 months
its better to get a prepayment certificates

more details here
http://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/Healthc...tioncosts.aspx

also
if you takes these medication regularly
you might want to ask the psychitrist if its possible to write you a larger supply on the prescription
so you don't need to pay that many times
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Re: £7.65 now for a prescription?!

Thanks Smilie, that is shocking isn't it!, with the anti depressants i get 28 tablets per month im not sure about the mood stabilizers yet, it works out a lot of money per year.

When i see the doctor and psychiatric ill just ask them what are the options.

If i could i would stop taking them now!.
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Old 19-04-2012, 05:23   #4
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Re: £7.65 now for a prescription?!

All l can say is thank god l do not have to pay for the 10 different drugs l have to take each day.
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Re: £7.65 now for a prescription?!

Ah, the joys of having a GP registered in Wales... </smug>

Mind you, I can't see our free prescriptions lasting much longer.
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Re: £7.65 now for a prescription?!

My poor old mum has to take so many pills these days I joke she'll rattle if you shake her. At least she doesn't have to pay for them.
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Re: £7.65 now for a prescription?!

£7.65 is per item.

If you are taking certian medicines long term and have to pay you can pay a lump sum and get all prescription "free", my mum did this before she retired and she saved herself a lot of £'s
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Re: £7.65 now for a prescription?!

hi there

you can also pay by monthly direct debit rather than by a lump sum payment

also ask the psychiatrist if ur mood stabilisers are a non cost perscription item on the nhs and u might not have to pay for them, i'm not sure if they are or not.

you can also ask a cpn or mental health social worker who will be part of ur assessment team are there any charities who can assist with a one off payment to pay for maybe a 3 month exemption certificate to help u with the costs in the short term.

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Old 28-04-2012, 15:21   #9
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Re: £7.65 now for a prescription?!

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hi

if i remember correctly
the prescription payment is per item
so if u getting 2 items u pay for 2x£7.65

if u need prescriptions more then 4 times in 3 months
its better to get a prepayment certificates

more details here
http://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/Healthc...tioncosts.aspx

also
if you takes these medication regularly
you might want to ask the psychitrist if its possible to write you a larger supply on the prescription
so you don't need to pay that many times
It's worth a try, but many GP's are afraid to be accused of over prescribing.

It's also worth seeing if you are exempt from prescription charges, like myself, as this is granted regardless of income.

This link gives some more information.

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Free...scriptions.htm

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Ah, the joys of having a GP registered in Wales... </smug>

Mind you, I can't see our free prescriptions lasting much longer.
What makes you think that Russ?
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Old 28-04-2012, 16:37   #10
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Re: £7.65 now for a prescription?!

Possibly the same reason a lot of people are saying the same thing in Scotland. The pot isn't bottomless; free prescriptions for all means someone else is missing out on some other service. The devolved administrations have so far managed to avoid cutting public spending in quite so obvious a way as has occurred in England and across the UK in non-devolved areas but the creative accounting can't go on forever. Wales cannot raise its own tax; Scotland can, a bit, but never has ... the maths is irrefutable. Westminster gives them less, they have to spend less. Some time in the next couple of years the excreta is going to impact upon the air cooling device in spectacular fashion and hard choices will have to be made about which bits of our socialist utopia we want to go without. Given that the poorest and most vulnerable in our society were already able to avoid all, or some, of their prescription costs, the universal free prescription could very easily be made to look untenable.

I predict this will all kick off in Scotland just in time for the independence referendum, so the SNP can accuse nasty London of choking off the cash flow that rightfully belongs to Scotland.
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Old 28-04-2012, 17:32   #11
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Re: £7.65 now for a prescription?!

This is exactly it. The NHS in Wales is generally accepted as being crap. Service to patients is deteriorating. The work that the medical staff do is not in question but waiting times and delays are on the rise. Poor inter-departmental communication means files and information goes missing. Nobody takes ownership of issues. I don't think it's a coincidence that this has occurred for roughly the same amount of time that we've had free prescriptions.

Don't get me wrong, it's very helpful and it means those people who may have previously been unable to afford prescriptions now getting the treatment they deserve. But we pay for it in other ways.
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Old 28-04-2012, 17:55   #12
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Re: £7.65 now for a prescription?!

They say that approx 80% of people get free prescriptions anyway, with exemptions, low income schemes etc. If you take off the money lost to fraud and administrative costs, it probably doesn't cost much more to make it universally free.

Having said that, when the Universal Credit comes in, people on it will no longer automatically get free prescriptions like they did with Income Support, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance etc.
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Re: £7.65 now for a prescription?!

Then factor in the people who will make-up ailment just to score free prescription painkillers and those who ask for meds just to hoard them, and the cost soon rises.
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Re: £7.65 now for a prescription?!

i dont think many do that as the shops still manage to sell painkillers here in wales despite the scripts being free and only costing from 16p a packet anyway add to that the decreased time off sick as people actualy can afford to get and take meds to get better I really dont see it is place to try and save money

As to NHS being crap on Wales i dont find it so they save my life on a regular baisis ( asthma )
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Re: £7.65 now for a prescription?!

As I said the medical staff here are as good as anywhere. But the administration, the pen pushers, the 'suits', all seem to have deteriorated in quality.

---------- Post added at 22:39 ---------- Previous post was at 22:16 ----------

In any case the painkillers you can only get from the doctor are a lot stronger than over-the-counter versions.
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