Thursday, August 24, 2006

NHS Prescription prices

There are 3 conditions that allow you to get NHS prescriptions free of charge. Epilepsy, Diabetes and something else which I can't remember.

I've been diagnosed as a borderline diabetic which means I have diabetes but as yet don't require medication for it. I can therefore have free eye tests but not free medicine. However, the diabetes has been caused by other long term conditions that I have and is being controlled by increasing my medication for these. So I now have to take 7 different medications every day ( to be increased next month to include HRT medication - the joys of being an old woman) to ensure my diabetes doesn't increase to a level requiring medication which would then result in no prescription charges at all.

I think I'll have to get another job to pay for it all. Even with the NHS "loyalty" card, where you pay up front and save money it's a fortune for an impoverished student :)



GreedyGreen said...

Is the third condition that you can't remember amnesia?...(hee, hee)...sorry, I couldn't resist!

GreedyGreen said...

So it's more cost effective to refuse the HRT medication and go for full blown diabetes? Don't you get one of the fab star trek like syringes for insulin then?

CaroleB said...

Amnesia or Alzheimers is probably the third.

It's more cost effective to eat sugar, fat, drink alcohol and stop taking blood pressure, aspirin and cholesterol medication. My glucose levels will then rise above the magic 7.0 level(currently 6.7). Then i'll get more tablets to deal with it and everything will become free. You only inject yourselves when it gets really bad. A bit risky because I'll probably have a stroke before then!

HRT is completely separate to the above but no doubt will affect one of my conditions somehow.

Speaking of NHS costs wonderhow involved Mark Ferrar is with the iSoft debacle as he left ICI to work on the NHS IT project.