Prescriptions for former Manx residents now overseas

Working in the Manx Healthcare System I have from time to time come across cases were former Isle of Man residents who have relocated to Spain, Portugal etc still have their prescriptions collected and posted overseas by friends and relatives. One case that I know left the island some eleven years ago but still has her prescriptions for three months supply collected by her son who has them dispensed,  then posts them on. Her medication costs are so high that if she had to pay for them locally she would have to return to live in the UK or IOM for free prescriptions.

I understand that anyone going abroad can have a maximum of three months dispensed which is paid for by the government - supplies exceeding the three month limit should then be paid for after the GP issues a private prescription but we regularly see prescriptions for 6 months being issued for patients taking extended holidays - usually issued as two three month prescriptions when the second three month period should be legally covered by a private prescription

Why the contribution is important

Money saved by not issuing prescriptions to former Isle of Man residents who have moved off island and are no longer elegible for NHS prescriptions

by Hipprocates on August 01, 2018 at 05:01PM

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  • Posted by ManxMog August 04, 2018 at 10:56

    Absolutely, I know several who collect prescriptions and other maximum benefits and live a great life elsewhere and barely here.
  • Posted by NCarter August 05, 2018 at 08:58

    While the collection of pension, not a benefit, if contributions have been paid, should be allowed no other benefits should be paid to individuals who no longer live on island. Including child benefit and filling of prescriptions.
  • Posted by alchemist August 06, 2018 at 12:08

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  • Posted by ClairIOMGov August 06, 2018 at 16:20

    As a retired dispenser I can vouch that prescription fraud is rife on the island. I remember some years ago that the pharmacy received a prescription for six moths of [data removed for data protection purposes] drugs - chemist contacted prescribing Dr [data removed for data protection purposes] as it was an unusual prescription as [data removed for data protection purposes] and he was assured that it was correct and should be dispensed. Later by a coincidence we learnt that the Dr was at the end of his contract and had written the prescription [data removed for data protection purposes]
    It seems that there is almost no oversight or audit of prescriptions issued on the island.

    [Above post (August 06, 2018 at 12:08) removed due to data protection and redacted version re-posted - Site moderator]
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