Unjustified free perscriptions

When a Patient is diagnosed with a chronic condition eg  Hyperthyroidism they are given free perscriptions for this condition for life. Maybe this is ok -but what is NOT ok is that ALL their perscriptions, for what ever ailment, become free  at this point . Why? There is no justification for this at all. 

Also the fact that you become a pensioner does not mean you need free perscriptions. You should only get free perscriptions if you need them ie recieving benefits of some kind. 

Why the contribution is important

It is important that people who can afford to pay towards their perscriptions because it is unfair for others to bear the burden of the cost that they are well able to contribute to. 

by PK on July 09, 2018 at 09:39PM

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Based on : 10 votes


  • Posted by Wornoutcarer July 14, 2018 at 13:47

    In an ideal world those who can should pay ... but it would cost way more to police it .. also if u have paid your NI contributions u have already paid for it
  • Posted by JB July 17, 2018 at 10:05

    Those on benefits, already get everything free. What an easy life they are given.
  • Posted by acampbell July 25, 2018 at 11:29

    Prescriptions should be free for Preganancy term, ongoing chronic conditions and O.A.P.'s. All others should be means tested.
  • Posted by litcham August 03, 2018 at 10:59

    Prescriptions can cover all kinds of things readily available at any chemist, over the counter e.g. shampoo, creams, ibuprofen gels. These should only be prescribed to those who cannot afford to buy their own.
  • Posted by manxklookie August 07, 2018 at 14:25

    The most anyone should pay if there were no exemptions is the cost of an annual prepayment card which is £54 at present and not too different to the average month's Sky subscription or mobile phone plan. I don't agree with the current list of exemptions as those that can afford to pay are getting their meds for free. NHS treatment should be free, not the medication on prescription. Why should pensioners that can afford to go on luxury holidays or drive expensive cars get their meds for free?
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