(Original post by Juno)
You get a piece of A4 paper which is mostly blue. It has your name and address on, and has details of how much help you get, when it runs out, and things like that.
If you have a prescription, you have to take the HC2 to the pharmacy with your prescription. On the back of the prescription, there are boxes to tick why you don't have to pay. Choose the one that says "is named on a valid HC2 certificate" or similar. Then the pharmacy will check the prescription, and ask to see your HC2. Then you get your medicine!
Sometimes, pharmacies will make a note on their system that they have seen your HC2 so you don't have to take it each time. If you ever forget your HC2, then the pharmacy will tick the bit on the prescription that says they haven't seen it, and this will be checked later by the government department that deal with that kind of thing. If you're caught lying, you will get a large fine.
If you have an eye test, mention when booking the test that you have a HC2, then take your HC2 to your appointment.
If you have a hospital appointment, take your HC2. You can claim back travel expenses, so ask about that. You'll need to get a form from the hospital and fill that in.
I know with the QMC in Nottingham they keep the forms at the main reception, and you need to get it stamped by the department that you're going to. They'll pay bus fare if you show your ticket, or they pay petrol costs from your home address, and they'll pay parking if you have the parking ticket. They will not pay taxi fares.
In summary, take your HC2 whenever you go to any health type thing.
It won't let me rep you though!
Last edited by Martyn1989; 14-09-2007 at 15:33.