Prescription charges

The annual prescription bill has been reported as c £20m which is unsustainable given the deficit in DHSC. The prescription charges should be increased both on an item basis and also the annual one which gives you unlimited items for a relatively small amount.

In addiction we need to consider who is exempt from charges and limit this to those who actually need it and maybe make it means tested. Also we need to introduce some form of proof for those claiming exemptions as there are no checks and I am sure there are some residents saying they are exempt when they should be paying. We would not hand out any other benefits without checking entitlement so why prescription.

i am sure some form of card could be issued showing entitlement 

Why the contribution is important

To save costs for DHSC in order that they can use the funds saved by reducing prescription fees in other areas of patient care. The cost of £20m can not be sustainable going forward.

by Chrism on April 11, 2017 at 12:51PM

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  • Posted by oldnick April 12, 2017 at 14:37

    yes only children and folk on benefits should pay for prescriptions
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 29, 2017 at 15:30

    The proposers ideas are sound and valid in that the whole thing needs a review by people who actually know what they are talking about and the variables that are involved.Working in a Pharmacy and being a retired nurse I have pretty much heard it all and think some desk jockey 'tasked' with this subject would flounder without the knowledge needed to consider steps foreward so I would propose a mix of healthcare professionals (no NOT just managers out for free tea and biccies) who can cover all aspects of this issue competently. I feel so strongly about it I would do it for free if it would help dig our Health Service out of the hole it is in.
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