B1061 – National Health Service (Amendment) Bill 2016

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    Living with a chronic disease makes the idea of prescription charges nightmarish

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    Tentative aye, I don't think the costings will be substantial enough to warrant asking for it.
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    (Original post by That Bearded Man)
    Living with a chronic disease makes the idea of prescription charges nightmarish

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    I'd rather cut charges for those with chronic illnesses than just students under 25 though. It makes so much more sense.


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    (Original post by PetrosAC)
    I'd rather cut charges for those with chronic illnesses than just students under 25 though. It makes so much more sense.


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    Would that include people who need glasses?

    TBF I think that most students can't afford prescriptions a lot.
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    (Original post by PetrosAC)
    I'd rather cut charges for those with chronic illnesses than just students under 25 though. It makes so much more sense.


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    I agree, it should be chronic rather than just for students, although a student subsidy would still be dece.
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    To try to answer the query of the Chancellor whose budget the House rejected.

    In 2015 there was an average of 20 prescriptions per person in England, average cost per prescription £8.55.
    I would suggest that students might average a lower figure, say 10, and perhaps lower than average cost per prescription, say £7, so the charges foregone would be £70 pre student.
    There are about 1.6 million students in the age group, so cost is c£105 million.
    Allowing for students going to their doctor more readily (50% more means £160m), and the cost of the doctors time being £20 per visit and five visits per year (£150m), a figure of c£310m per year is my crude estimate of the cost of this measure.
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    (Original post by barnetlad)
    To try to answer the query of the Chancellor whose budget the House rejected.

    In 2015 there was an average of 20 prescriptions per person in England, average cost per prescription £8.55.
    I would suggest that students might average a lower figure, say 10, and perhaps lower than average cost per prescription, say £7, so the charges foregone would be £70 pre student.
    There are about 1.6 million students in the age group, so cost is c£105 million.
    Allowing for students going to their doctor more readily (50% more means £160m), and the cost of the doctors time being £20 per visit and five visits per year (£150m), a figure of c£310m per year is my crude estimate of the cost of this measure.
    The average student you think has 10 prescriptions per year?!

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    (Original post by barnetlad)
    To try to answer the query of the Chancellor whose budget the House rejected.

    In 2015 there was an average of 20 prescriptions per person in England, average cost per prescription £8.55.
    I would suggest that students might average a lower figure, say 10, and perhaps lower than average cost per prescription, say £7, so the charges foregone would be £70 pre student.
    There are about 1.6 million students in the age group, so cost is c£105 million.
    Allowing for students going to their doctor more readily (50% more means £160m), and the cost of the doctors time being £20 per visit and five visits per year (£150m), a figure of c£310m per year is my crude estimate of the cost of this measure.
    You'll make some of that 310mill back with reduced recurrence rates I imagine too

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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    The average student you think has 10 prescriptions per year?!

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    (Original post by That Bearded Man)
    You'll make some of that 310mill back with reduced recurrence rates I imagine too

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    I was surprised at the figures when I researched them. Then realised that medication for asthma and other respiratory conditions is something a lot of people have, and also I expect a significant proportion of female students have one or other form of contraception on prescription.
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    This bill is in cessation.
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    This bill has been withdrawn.
 
 
 
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