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i am a 19 year old student at univercity im i able to get free pescriptions using the HC1 form.

and can i get free medication with the form as well? eg just get iron tablets over the counter instead of aking the doctor for a pescription
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I think that you can get a form to acount for how much you pay to NHS treatment. I did and still had to pay for presciptions and £200 towards dental treatment. Its worth filling in but if you need to get long term presecriptions then speak to the pharmacy on the cheapest ways to pay.
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As long as you meet the criteria for the form you will be sent a HC1 form which allows you to have free dental checkups, free prescriptions and help toward glasses. If you live off your loan, don't get a big bursary or much help from your parents you are likely to qualify.

If you want to buy something over the counter, you buy it. You have to go to the doctor to get a prescription. e.g. I know I can buy stuff for eczema over the counter but because that's about £4-5 I got a prescription from my doctor and got it free of charge.
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I get tubigrips on prescription as I don't have to pay for them!
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(Original post by blissy)
As long as you meet the criteria for the form you will be sent a HC1 form which allows you to have free dental checkups, free prescriptions and help toward glasses. If you live off your loan, don't get a big bursary or much help from your parents you are likely to qualify.

If you want to buy something over the counter, you buy it. You have to go to the doctor to get a prescription. e.g. I know I can buy stuff for eczema over the counter but because that's about £4-5 I got a prescription from my doctor and got it free of charge.
will they access if you can get free prescriptions after you have sent off the form?

i am living off a loan and get a grant will i be able to qualify.
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will they access if you can get free prescriptions after you have sent off the form?

i am living off a loan and get a grant will i be able to qualify.
Depends on how much you earn. I lived off my loan but cause I got £100 a month from my dad I had to pay for my prescription.
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You'll have to sign in a very long form. I talked to my pharmacist about this, and she said that if you don't really get too many prescriptions, say one-offs, then you don't really have to get it free, but if you do need regular medication, then filling out the form would be good.
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Yeah, the form is evil. And confusing. Plus if you're a student you need to send off your notification of student support thing from the SLC.
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ive had to pay for everything since i was 18. it sucks.
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You can only find out if you're eligible by filling in the form. It may look long, but as a student you hardly have to fill in any of the sections anyway. For me it's worth it - I saved £25.60 just last time I went to the pharmacy.
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I will get all my prescriptions free for life due to the fact that I need thyoid pills and for some reason if u take these pills the gorvernment gives u free prescriptions.
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I will get all my prescriptions free for life due to the fact that I need thyoid pills and for some reason if u take these pills the gorvernment gives u free prescriptions.
Yup, for some medical conditions, you are exempt from paying for your prescriptions. It's one of those boxes you tick.
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yeh...I just sent off the form coz i'm 18 soon but i don't get it y they give me it free...i'm nit complaining but I just thought it was a bit strange.
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yeh...I just sent off the form coz i'm 18 soon but i don't get it y they give me it free...i'm nit complaining but I just thought it was a bit strange.
Don't you get it free until you're 18 anyways, or is it 16?
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u get it free till ur 18 anyways...but i'm 18 next month so i had to send off the form now so i get my exeption certificate in time.
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Yeah, the form is evil. And confusing. Plus if you're a student you need to send off your notification of student support thing from the SLC.
yeah that confused me what do you have to send off, what does it look like?

im going to need regualr medication so i realy hope i get it free
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yeah that confused me what do you have to send off, what does it look like?

im going to need regualr medication so i realy hope i get it free
It looks like all of the other scary, evil government forms, but it has HC1 on it. It's sorta blueish with red bits. It has lots of pages, although if you're a student you can tick "no" to some of the questions and then go on to the next page. It even comes with its own freepost envelope!

I'm not sure where to get it from, but if you ask your doctor or pharmacist they should know. And if you have to pay for any prescriptions as you haven't had your HC2 (that's the letter you get to say you get things free) then ask for a receipt and you can claim the money back.
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(Original post by juno_the)
It looks like all of the other scary, evil government forms, but it has HC1 on it. It's sorta blueish with red bits. It has lots of pages, although if you're a student you can tick "no" to some of the questions and then go on to the next page. It even comes with its own freepost envelope!

I'm not sure where to get it from, but if you ask your doctor or pharmacist they should know. And if you have to pay for any prescriptions as you haven't had your HC2 (that's the letter you get to say you get things free) then ask for a receipt and you can claim the money back.
thanks!
ive already got the HC1 form but what else do you have to send off with it?

in part 8 (people in full time education). does the maintence grant mean the same as higher education grant?

im sorry about all the questions but im going to be needing a lot a medication in the next few monts or years and i really cant afford to pay for them. living on just a loan, no job and next to nothing grant
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why wouldn't you have to pay for over the counter remedies? actually, I get free prescriptions (for now) but there are certain things I'm embarrassed asking for prescriptions for, and buy myself. I figure, as long as you can stretch to the couple of pounds those things cost, you should pay for them rather than sponge off the nhs as much as possible.
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(Original post by marychrist)
why wouldn't you have to pay for over the counter remedies? actually, I get free prescriptions (for now) but there are certain things I'm embarrassed asking for prescriptions for, and buy myself. I figure, as long as you can stretch to the couple of pounds those things cost, you should pay for them rather than sponge off the nhs as much as possible.
but im going to need regular medication not just the old one or there
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