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

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    Who gets angry at £7.40? It makes you better, pay it and be happy.
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    I think £7.40 is perfectly reasonable :dontknow: And if you're one of those people sitting around contemplating whether to go to the doctor and fork out that money on a prescription or don't bother and suffer instead, are you REALLY suffering? I know for me £7.40 really isn't a lot to pay for the sake of my health, and I'm on as much as a measly student budget as anyone else. It doesn't seem to bad either when you consider how much that cost is subsidizing; for instance, under 16's and over 60's don't pay, 16-18's in full time education don't pay, in-patients in hospital don't pay for anything they receive during their stay, people (or people's partners) who receive income support/JSA don't pay.. listed medical conditions don't pay.. and also prescribed contraceptives and anything prescribed for the treatment of STI's are free of charge. And people with ongoing health conditions with multiple prescriptions can get a prescription prepayment certificate (£104 for 12 months). Not free, but still.. a small price in my eyes.
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    That's devolution for you. Anyway, it's not "free", for Welsh and Scottish people. Nothing provided by the state is "free". It's draining their governmment/assembly's tax funding. Similarly to tuition fees, whereby students going to uni get their fees paid for "free" but funding from secondary and primary schools is being removed.
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    (Original post by wilshere)
    It is simply pathetic and unfair.
    It isn’t unfair at all. In England 9 out of 10 prescriptions are already handed out free anyway. England has its own perks such as:

    • The recently opened 90 drop-in-care centres in England, which there are none of in Scotland.

    • In England, if you’re diagnosed with cancer you are guaranteed to see a cancer specialist within two weeks. This is not the case in Scotland.

    So, to have more money benefiting other areas of the NHS as opposed to more money subsiding prescription charges is actually a good thing (at least in my view). Devolution means that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have control over how they spend their health budgets.

    The decision of scrapping prescription charges in Scotland is not a result of adding more money to the NHS in Scotland but rather moving funding in one area of the NHS to another meaning other parts are going to suffer because of this move.

    (Original post by Hravan)
    One of the reasons why I came to uni in Wales.... I've just worked out that if I had been in England, over the past 6 months I would have spent nearly £100 on prescription charges.. :eek: (Been trying to find the right medication for what I need..)
    In England you can buy a 12 month certificate for £104.00 which saves you money if you need 15 or more items in 12 months.
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    (Original post by WelshBluebird)
    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.
    I was wondering how this devolved power thing works - since you have seen so many threads on the topic maybe you can enlighten me? As i see it (due to my extensive reading of wikipedia):

    -Wales 'economic activity is about 80% of the UK average, almost certainly meaning they pay less tax. (of course, this is not necessarily relevant as i believe all taxes are either central or council? There is no 'welsh' tax?)
    -The welsh parliament seems to have limited power but has done 3 notable things: removed prescription charges, lowered tuition fees and increased help with nursing care - all things that cost money. Where does this money come from? What do they lose on account of being able to fund these, as i can't see any motions that have cut costs at all...

    As i say, i don't know about the topic! Any suggestions on what i'm missing?
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    I was wondering how this devolved power thing works - since you have seen so many threads on the topic maybe you can enlighten me? As i see it (due to my extensive reading of wikipedia):

    -Wales 'economic activity is about 80% of the UK average, almost certainly meaning they pay less tax. (of course, this is not necessarily relevant as i believe all taxes are either central or council? There is no 'welsh' tax?)
    -The welsh parliament seems to have limited power but has done 3 notable things: removed prescription charges, lowered tuition fees and increased help with nursing care - all things that cost money. Where does this money come from? What do they lose on account of being able to fund these, as i can't see any motions that have cut costs at all...

    As i say, i don't know about the topic! Any suggestions on what i'm missing?
    As already mentioned in this thread, there are certain corners that have been cut. Waiting times, the actual drugs used etc etc. This does cut some costs. Also as far as I am aware, Council tax in wales is more than that in England (could be wrong though).

    However, as I said, no matter where you are, you can't get away from different areas subsidising other areas. What is true of England and Wales is also true of London and Rural Somerset for example.
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    (Original post by PocketChange)


    In England you can buy a 12 month certificate for £104.00 which saves you money if you need 15 or more items in 12 months.

    I can't afford to pay out £100 in one go. I have £20 a week to live off and that's it. I can't go over that otherwise I'm screwed.. (And yes, that includes my overdraft..)
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    Because English people are more likely to have AIDS.





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    It's called sarcasm, mods. I'm English too, old chap!
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    (Original post by JackWoot)
    Life is unfair.

    At least you can get prescriptions in this country.
    What sort of idiotic post is this; what's the point in a nationalised health service if you have to pay?
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    I agree with having to pay for prescriptions for a cough, but I have to pay for my bipolar medication AND inhalors. This means Im spending about £15-£20 a month on medication i should get for free. AND IM A STUDENT! they take the f******* p***!!!!
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    (Original post by WelshBluebird)
    However, as I said, no matter where you are, you can't get away from different areas subsidising other areas. What is true of England and Wales is also true of London and Rural Somerset for example.
    Well yes, but you'd expect the same standard in, say, Somerset and London, not better in the more rural areas (as headline figures like unis costs would suggest of Wales and Scotland).

    I'll take your word for the cut-corners point - not interested enough to try to find things like council tax rates

    EDIT: "You have reached the limit of how many posts you can rate today!"
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    Becuase were raping the Welsh for Sheep and the Scottish for Oil...

    We have to give them something in return...
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    Do you understand what devolution is?

    £7.40 for a prescription sucks though. Ah well, another reason I'm glad to be Welsh
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    (Original post by my9rides)
    I agree with having to pay for prescriptions for a cough, but I have to pay for my bipolar medication AND inhalors. This means Im spending about £15-£20 a month on medication i should get for free. AND IM A STUDENT! they take the f******* p***!!!!
    You know you can get a certificate where for a year all your meds are already paid for? it costs £100 but it would save you a lot if you are getting more than 14 prescriptions year, which you clearly are.

    Also, why are people so ungrateful?! We have the NHS which is, despite its problems, an amazing service and we are all unbelievably lucky to have it. If you ever have to go into hospital you don't have to pay a penny. You can see a doctor whenever you like, for free! A £7.40 charge for prescriptions that cost a lot more than that is a small price to pay. People should grow up and get some perspective in life.
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    Little thing called Devolution!
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    (Original post by JoeLatics)
    Little thing called Devolution!
    what?
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    I bet most of the people complaining would think nothing of spending £20+ to get drunk on a single night out.

    £7.40 is nothing, and people who are genuinely impoverished don't have to pay.
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    So what you pay £7.40 for drugs which my cost well more than that.
    You have to admit ,it is better than other countries. USA,Dominca to name a few where Rx and Prescription fees are ridiculous.


    I agree we should have free prescriptions too but I guess it depends how each assembly/parliament decides to alocate its money.

    Considering it seems like drugs still are subsidised ,it cant be too bad
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    (Original post by charlietheunicorn)
    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)
    Yep, around 90% of prescriptions in England were doled out free.
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    (Original post by L i b)
    Yep, around 90% of prescriptions in England were doled out free.
    I haven't done the research into it but is it really that high!?
 
 
 
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