Prescription charges

Review exemption categories for prescription charges, and allow only certain medicines to be exempt. For example all patients on thyroxine get all medicines free, why not just the thyroxine?, all diabetics get medicines free, could be just the insulin and testing equipment. Given the vast number of type 2 diabetics who also get free prescriptions a charge would have a big impact.


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To save money and reduce waste.

by Interested on April 06, 2017 at 06:46AM

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Based on: 8 votes


  • Posted by DrFun April 06, 2017 at 08:15

    stop prescribing emollients for dry skin!!!! Everyone has dry skin because we live in comfortable centrally heated homes - it is not an illness!!!!
  • Posted by DocMills April 06, 2017 at 08:42

    A lot more needs to be done to ensure that prescriptions are properly targeted, properly valued and properly priced.
  • Posted by thinktank April 06, 2017 at 15:45

    To Dr Fun - some emollients are very important for those who have very bad eczema, they are not all the same. NOT everyone has dry skin coz we live in centrally heated homes - you are showing a little ignorance there...

    I think the Government should make sure they are paying for Brand named drugs if that's what the Pharmacists are charging for and not generic medicines. They are not always the same and patients can suffer if given the generic.
  • Posted by Joe1000 April 07, 2017 at 10:34

    I have a yearly certificate costing about £57, i am surprized it is not more as cheap considering what i get. Prescription charges in iom seem to be a bit low and too many people get them free.
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 08, 2017 at 14:03

    In reply to 'think tank' comment.Parmacies can only dispense exactly what the Doctor prescribes be it Brand or generic and more Doctors are prescribing generic as it is cheaper so that what you get.If the generic doesn't suit you,discuss it with your Doctor as to why you need the Brand version.It is clear on the 'endorsement' part of the prescription that is printed by the Pharmacy computer,what has been actually dispensed so the Pharmacies are not 'cheating' as it were.
    Agree with the other comment that only what you are exempt for should be free unless another reason is stated eg.On pension or under 16years ect.
  • Posted by Leon May 09, 2017 at 14:30

    I think it is a good idea that you get free medicines for just the relevant condition. Some chronic sufferers of conditions such as Asthma do not get free prescriptions and if only the medication for the chronic condition was free it would allow more life threatening chronic conditions to be awarded free medication.

    Think tank - Generic medicines are exactly the same as brand name and just as effective. The only differences are in some generic mechanical parts such as inhaler mechanisms which sometimes do not function well. I think you are showing a little ignorance there ;)
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