Debbie
...feeling frustrated Debbie @debbie651980

Treatment

Fed up, tried to put in a repeat prescription for my ointment to be told I have to buy it over the counter now. Do they know how much this stuff costs!

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Mishlyn
Mishlyn @mishlyn

Awwe Debbie.. that is awful. I wonder if you can talk to your dr and ask for something similar that you can get on prescription? Still so frustrating.. now you have to go without until you can find something else. Sorry to hear that :(


Ellen
Ellen @ellen6

Hey Debbie you are based in uk.. why not ask doctor for form for nhs prescription card.
Please see info below Buy an NHS prescription prepayment
Save money by buying a 3 or 12-month prescription prepayment. Buying online is quick and easy.

What you can buy
A prescription costs £8.80 per item, but prepayment costs:
£29.10 for 3 months - card payment
£104 for 12 months - card or Direct Debit (10-monthly instalments of £10.40)
You can start your prepayment:
today
any date in the next month (ready for your next pharmacy visit)
any date in the past month (if you have a refund form from the pharmacist)
What you get
We'll post your prescription prepayment certificate to you. Pharmacies ask for this as evidence of prepayment.

If you have to pay a prescription charge while waiting for your evidence, you can get a refund.

You will need to ask pharmacy staff for an NHS refund form (FP57) when you pay for your prescription.

You only get this form at the time you pay.


Ellen
Ellen @ellen6

But then it will help cut cost on prescriptions.
Then beg doctor to prescribe it lol.


 john,Hulk
john,Hulk @chewbacca

Still a lot of money for meds a year, sorry about this :( I am glad i dont that sort of money anymore :) best try the natural route, though thats my opinion and it is a choice a choice for everyone, i wish you all well thank you


Ellen
Ellen @ellen6

I saved so much money and took away the worry not having money to pay for prescriptions.


Ellen
Ellen @ellen6

But every little bit helps.. if you can find a natural way to help p of cause even better..

But remember when i used to get stressed out if i had enough money for meds as you do feel like a guinea pig at times.. everything is always trial and error.. not many people know that you can get this card .


 john,Hulk
john,Hulk @chewbacca

Yes true , i knew of it Ellen,i had this around 15 years ago or more , i could do 6 months or a year i think? maybe 3 months also, it can save you a hell of a lot of money if you need a lot of meds, i used to milk it when i had it,thats in the uk though, dont know if they have anything like this in other counties ?i dont think so?I used to feel angry about it parting with money for this years ago as i was broke with a job with bad money, not enough,should had found my mother so she could pay it, It was her gift to me before she scarpered :) thank you :)


Ellen
Ellen @ellen6

Aww John that must of been stressful. So glad you found a natural way to manage it now though.. you are a true inspiration..


Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

Hi Debbie, can't you claim it back from your medical aid?


Debbie
Debbie @debbie651980

I know we need to clamp down on NHS prescriptions in the UK but I am not a constant user. I don’t ask for paracetamol and such which are readily available but this is £12 a pot plus. We are all paying the price for others misuse of the system


Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

Such a pity Debbie. P is a chronic disease and medication should not be expensive as not everyone can afford it.


 john,Hulk
john,Hulk @chewbacca

Thats true Debbie, i work in a care home as a maintenance operative, i see drugs being thrown away all the time, what a waste of money,there is of course as you say people abusing the system with drugs they dont need,if you are not working in the uk, all of it is free, when one is trying to make ends meet and have to pay for a lot of prescriptions or even a few, it can get costly


Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

The NHS should make sure that chronic medication are cheaper as a person need it every month/week. It will help a lot of people. In SA, medication is expensive. If you don't have a medical aid, you're screwed. Should you get shot and no medical aid, you can't go to a private hospital but to a government hospital instead. You go in for a bullet wound and come out without a kidney. (ok just joking, I don't want to scare you all.) But seriously, medical aids are expensive in SA and if you don't have one, you sit for hours at a government hospital where the service isn't that great. But I guess that its the same in other countries? I'm so glad I don't use chronic medics. I stay with home remedies. Been working way better than steroids or biologics any way. I still use the coal tar though which is not expensive.


 john,Hulk
john,Hulk @chewbacca

I know 3 south Africans Michelle, i work with well sort of, they keep saying, you got it so good here in the uk,live in south Africa and you will see, things we take for granted in the uk


Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

That's true John. Everything in Europe is better and Bigger than in SA but, we are still a young country and we have to learn more about what really matters. :)


 john,Hulk
john,Hulk @chewbacca

One lives in the USA geeze, the amount of people that say, my insurance dosnt cover this or that, you got to pay through the nose for everything there,We get prescriptions at a reduced rate, we pay a standard fee for an item or items if its the same thing,If one has to go to hospital then you dont pay, though it comes out of our taxes etc ,If you are unemployed then its free or a pensioner, i couldnt tell you how many thousands i have spent in all my life with this, I used to get angry when i was struggling to pay this and that and some medications can be free if potentially life threatening for some , psoriasis is not so one has to pay for medications ,I should send my mother the bill haha, though i dont know where she is, its okay i rather not know :)


Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

lol John. I love your sense of humor. you make me laugh. It's ridiculous what we pay for medication but I'm a lucky girl, I'm very healthy and I am not taking that for granted.


Sarah
Sarah @sarahuk

It is so expensive. Like the Aveeno I buy, very costly! But I do it anyway... I have to cut out other things to do it. Such a raging debate about what we should be entitled to... difficult matter!


Michelle
Michelle @michelle1021

Sarah, Aveeno in SA isn't very expensive. Cheaper than my coal tar. I'm still waiting for my chemist to stock the Aveeno spray. Can't wait to try it.



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