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England has to pay £7.40 prescription charges, rest of UK don't. WHY? Watch

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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Corrected. You can have several drugs on one prescription form.
    Oh okay.

    I know you can have more than one drug per script, I just thought that the patient is charged per script rather than per prescription. Oh well. :p:
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    It's quite simple, the reason the Scottish and Welsh get free perscriptions is the fact the populations are smaller, hospitals and doctors are fewer and far between (with the obvious exclusions are Cardiff, Glasgow etc - think how many doctors and hospitals there are in the highlands and valleys?) hence costs are lower and they can afford to offer a free perscription. It's depressing if you are english, but think of the colossal costs that would be involved if we were to offer free perscriptions in england? It's just not cost effective.

    I agree that £7.40 is too much, by a long way, but consider that quite a few people in England already do get free perscriptions (Unemployed, long term ill etc etc), and remember, you could live in America. Suddenly £7.40 seems quite reasonable :-p
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    It's not pathetic or unfair. Scotland and Wales have devolved governments and we elected parties who promised to scrap prescription costs and University fees.
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    Take a look at the population of England, then Scotland and Wales. And now, shut up. I've had to get 3 prescriptions in the past 2 months and it's been £3.50 a time. It's not like it's daylight robbery, jesus.
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    Could be worse. You could live in America.
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    (Original post by MrsCrackFox)
    I see no hypocrisy.
    Its hardly being independent, its a system dependant upon the rest of the nations taxes. Its like these kids who say they are independent and don't require their parents help, buy have their phone contracts paid and and their parents pay their insurance and fuel costs, its a contradiction. If they want to make such decisions they should do so within their own means, just like every other independent country.
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    (Original post by kevin6767)
    Not all long term illness are treated for free.
    No, very true, but i was generalising for the sake of simplicity
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    (Original post by Tommyjw)
    God damn i have no idea how anyone can afford to pay that.. utterly ridiculous.
    It can be quite expensive when you have to get 3 prescriptions every couple of weeks or whatever.

    That said, if you have low income you can get it free (b*tch of a form though)

    Also, If you have to get lots you can pay a one-off fee for a card, where its looooads cheaper. Its hardly that unfair, nothing to go crying home about
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    (Original post by Fuzzed_Out)
    Life is unfair, Scotland and Wales would struggle without financial support from England yet a lot of things there are cheaper (Uni, taxes...)
    Here we go again.

    1 - It is totally upto the Welsh Assembly and the Scottish government to decide what they spend their money on. Welsh people having to pay perscriptions would just mean the money would be spent elsewhere in Wales.

    2 - Not sure about Scotland, but certainly Wales is actually underfunded. If wales was just part of England, most parts of Wales would actually get more money than what we do right now.

    3 - In terms if England "subsidising" Wales and Scotland, why stop there? Why not complain about London subsidising rural Somerset or whatever?

    4 - In any case, how is this different from local council decisions? Some councils give free travel to under 18's, some do not. Unfair? Possibly. But we don't see that much complaining about it.
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    (Original post by charlietheunicorn)
    It's quite simple, the reason the Scottish and Welsh get free perscriptions is the fact the populations are smaller, hospitals and doctors are fewer and far between (with the obvious exclusions are Cardiff, Glasgow etc - think how many doctors and hospitals there are in the highlands and valleys?) hence costs are lower and they can afford to offer a free perscription. It's depressing if you are english, but think of the colossal costs that would be involved if we were to offer free perscriptions in england? It's just not cost effective.
    Assuming Scottish and Welsh people get ill just as often as English, and require the same treatment when they do get ill, how is the cost per person any different? If a person in Scotland gets cancer they still require the same treatment, the same machines and number of staff as someone in England, and the same costs are associated, if anything its more expensive as specialist equipement is used less often. Scotland is no special case, you can't afford to offer free prescriptions in England as there is no one to foot the bill, in Scotland the English foot the bill.
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    (Original post by Alexisonfire)
    Because the rich have to pay for the poor. Yes, I also wish it were different.
    It's **** all to do with the rich paying for the poor.

    It's because England don't see why there should be free prescriptions and prefer to spend it in other areas. Rightfully so, Scotland and Wales want their taxes to benefit the public directly.
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    It's free in Northern Ireland too, not that anybody has bothered to mention us..
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    The Welsh Assembly Governments budgets is actually set by the UK chancellor, the Welsh Assembly Government then decides what it does with the money its given by the UK Government. The Welsh Assembly Government has decided to still fund free perscriptions for pepole living in Wales (even though our budget has been reduced by £400 million), I dont get whats so wrong about this.
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    (Original post by lechaton-x)
    It's **** all to do with the rich paying for the poor.

    It's because England don't see why there should be free prescriptions and prefer to spend it in other areas. Rightfully so, Scotland and Wales want their taxes to benefit the public directly.
    Ok, but in real life, the origin of it is because the rich have to pay for the poor who can't hold up their own economy.
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    (Original post by kevin6767)
    For me it gets quite expensive, I am asthmatic and have to pay £14.80 a month for inhalers. I don't think it is fair that some chronic diseases are given priority over others, if I was diabetic for instance I would get medication for free. I was born with asthma and there is little I can do about it but some people's life styles lead them to become ill and they are given more/free help. It simply isn't fair.
    You'll get it free when you start Uni though, so don't worry about it.
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    (Original post by WelshBluebird)
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    I don't suppose you or anybody else know where reliable figures on how much funding each nation gets and what they spend it on, do you? UK data is easier to find info on, but it's a bit irrelevant really because of devolution etc. (I'll have a proper look now...)

    Would be quite interesting to see breakdowns throughout history as well.
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    Other people have already said it, but the Welsh Assembly Government/Scottish Government have had health matters devolved to them and therefore get a settlement figure to pay for public services including health. Using Wales as an example, while you might get free prescriptions (which a fair few people in England will be entitled to if they fill out a form HC1, myself included), the average waiting time for an operation is longer, something like 4 weeks longer - I'll try to find a source for that. So it's give with one hand, take with the other. The same I think with ambulances in Wales.

    Just to make it clear this isn't a Wales bashing post!
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    (Original post by cherrycola32)
    This may be a stupid question but is a prescription for one drug at a time? Like if you were prescribed 3 different drugs would you just pay the £7.40 once?
    Last time I got a prescription I got three inhalers - two the same and one different. I paid £14.80. This could have been a mistake though.

    (Original post by little_wizard123)
    You'll get it free when you start Uni though, so don't worry about it.
    Only until you're 19, then you'll have to pay again.
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    England needs to start looking at what the Welsh Assembly Government is doing right.

    We have had prescriptions free here for years!
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    (Original post by kevin6767)
    For me it gets quite expensive, I am asthmatic and have to pay £14.80 a month for inhalers. I don't think it is fair that some chronic diseases are given priority over others, if I was diabetic for instance I would get medication for free. I was born with asthma and there is little I can do about it but some people's life styles lead them to become ill and they are given more/free help. It simply isn't fair.
    I totally agree - if anything needs an overhaul it's the list of conditions that qualify for free prescriptions. It might have changed now, but it used to be the case that a Cystic Fibrosis patient (a genetic condition, nothing you can do about that) who relied on drugs to stay alive wasn't on the list...that's just crackers in my opinion!

    Also, I believe that any drugs you take to manage chronic/lifelong conditions (e.g. asthma inhalers) are free, but others you need on an ad hoc or short-term basis (e.g. antibiotics) are chargeable. I take thyroxine and will have to for life, so I qualify for free prescriptions. I feel bad that it covers everything, so I pay for anything that isn't thyroxine. Makes me feel like it's fairer
 
 
 
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