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NHS Prescription Charges 3% discount

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7y, 9m agoFound 7 years, 9 months ago
Okay this is a fairly small deal but no one has posted it before and I came across it by chance.

Everyone hates paying Prescription Charges and you can get a yearly Prepay card which works out cheap if you need a lot of meds quite often. But if like me you only need a few prescriptions a year then a prepay card is a rip off.

The cost of a Prescription in England is now £7.20 as of 1st April 2009 and it is a set amount at all pharmacies. I tried to get Tesco club-card points via Tesco pharmacies, but NHS Prescriptions are excluded from clubcard points and it's the same with the co-op reward card at co-op pharmacies.

But I found that superdrug are included in the offline cashback section of sites like greasypalm and wepromiseto. You get 3% cashback from card transactions at superdrug for registered cards!

The way it tracks means it can't tell if the payment was for normal items or NHS Prescription Charges meaning they are not excluded from cashback. This amounts to 21p refund via the cashback site per Prescription.

I use http://www.wepromiseto.co.uk as they offer the best cashback in general and it tracks every time. You can't register AMEX cards which is the only drawback.

You can get even more return by using a cashback credit card also.

As I said this is not by far the best deal going but I like any deal that gives me discount against government charges! Hopefully it is of use to others here.

EDIT: Changed charge to £7.20, typo. .
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#1
i very rarely use the prescriptions i get. when you get to the chemist as them if there is an alternative that they sell, which 99% of the time is cheaper! my last was ibroprophen gel, £7.10 or £2! its a no brainer!
#2
interesting ... we dont get a lot of prescriptions but good to know. thanks.
banned#3
not the biggest saving in the world, but a very nice find. Hot
#4
Or live in Wales and pay nothing :P





Sorry had to say it.
#5
listerdude
Or live in Wales and pay nothing :P





Sorry had to say it.


LOL I know, I live 500 yards from the Welsh border!!!!! I will not go in to how mad that has make me in the past and sadly I cant move my house brick by brick up to the top of the road....

:cry:
#6
northern ireland phasing them out as well, think we're down to about £3 odd at the min, next year its free :thumbsup:
#7
listerdude
Or live in Wales and pay nothing :P





Sorry had to say it.


You could always to to A & E instead as they fill your prescriptions before you go...cynical but true
#8
listerdude
Or live in Wales and pay nothing :P





Sorry had to say it.




Grin :thumbsup:
banned#9
quidditys_shore
i very rarely use the prescriptions i get. when you get to the chemist as them if there is an alternative that they sell, which 99% of the time is cheaper! my last was ibroprophen gel, £7.10 or £2! its a no brainer!


Why do doctors do this? I go to the chemist and they'll often point me in the direction of something cheaper. Though if the medication costs more than £7.10 the doctors tries to put me on something inferior even the hospital has wrote a letter saying i need the best one. Sorry i didn't need to ask its their budget they care0about not the patient.
banned#10
wizard5353
LOL I know, I live 500 yards from the Welsh border!!!!! I will not go in to how mad that has make me in the past and sadly I cant move my house brick by brick up to the top of the road....

:cry:


On the plus side though; you dont live in Wales
#11
mminghella
You could always to to A & E instead as they fill your prescriptions before you go...cynical but true


Not in the departments I have worked in we won't. Unless it is for an inhaler or something life threatening I would say why don't you go and see your GP.

And people wonder why the waits in A&E are so long.

Cynical: Selfishly or callously calculating
#12
lumoruk
Why do doctors do this? I go to the chemist and they'll often point me in the direction of something cheaper. Though if the medication costs more than £7.10 the doctors tries to put me on something inferior even the hospital has wrote a letter saying i need the best one. Sorry i didn't need to ask its their budget they care0about not the patient.


I can't defend your GP putting you on something different to what a specialist has suggested unless:
1. It is a genuine oversight.
2. The drug they wanted you to be on is not available.
3. The drug he has suggested you be on is actually only because the specialist has just received a first class ticket to Syndney all expenses paid for a conference by the drug company and actually all the evidence from the data suggest it is useless. Your specialist may be well known for doing this.
#13
lumoruk
Why do doctors do this? I go to the chemist and they'll often point me in the direction of something cheaper. Though if the medication costs more than £7.10 the doctors tries to put me on something inferior even the hospital has wrote a letter saying i need the best one. Sorry i didn't need to ask its their budget they care0about not the patient.


i've also noticed that the perscription is now for a less amount of medication that it used to be, meaning you have to buy it more often!
#14
Yup, the Welsh assembly did something of value for once!
#15
listerdude
Or live in Wales and pay nothing :P





Sorry had to say it.


I’d rather pay thanks:p
#16
listerdude
Or live in Wales and pay nothing :P

Sorry had to say it.


Or Scotland, so I guess it's only England where we get ripped off, thanks Gordon !
#17
bob_regis
Not in the departments I have worked in we won't. Unless it is for an inhaler or something life threatening I would say why don't you go and see your GP.

And people wonder why the waits in A&E are so long.

Cynical: Selfishly or callously calculating


Get a grip will you, it was meant as a light-hearted comment :roll:

For your information, my GP is so badly run that every time I try to get an appointment, I am advised to go to a walk-in center or A & E anyway. The congestion at A & E is normally caused by p1ss-heads of all ages and in the last 3 weeks, I have had to go to A & E twice and both times had my prescriptions filled there FOC. I'd love to go to my GP, but on the 2 visits prior to having to go to A & E, they got it wrong... serious enough now?
#18
quidditys_shore
i've also noticed that the perscription is now for a less amount of medication that it used to be, meaning you have to buy it more often!


Yep, we only get given 1 months supply now instead of 2.

Costs a fortune!
#19
flipnfil
Or Scotland, so I guess it's only England where we get ripped off, thanks Gordon !


Don't pin it on Gordon and Tony alone! Back in the 70s the NHS Prescription Charge was around 10-20p so I'm told, it was the Torie's who hammered it up to the stupid rates it is now and then every politician since then has done the same thing. It's just another stealth tax these days.
#20
ssabres
Yep, we only get given 1 months supply now instead of 2.

Costs a fortune!


Same here i used to get 84 tablets ,now i get 56 ,asked the doctor to change it back to 84 and he refused :o
I am sick of paying £7.20 (its just gone up 10p) ,when every tom,dick and harry gets it for foook all
#21
ssabres
Yep, we only get given 1 months supply now instead of 2.

Costs a fortune!


Get yourself a season ticket if you are paying out every month , it could save you some cash
#22
mminghella
Get a grip will you, it was meant as a light-hearted comment :roll:

For your information, my GP is so badly run that every time I try to get an appointment, I am advised to go to a walk-in center or A & E anyway. The congestion at A & E is normally caused by p1ss-heads of all ages and in the last 3 weeks, I have had to go to A & E twice and both times had my prescriptions filled there FOC. I'd love to go to my GP, but on the 2 visits prior to having to go to A & E, they got it wrong... serious enough now?



Depends what you need the meds for.

Do they not do repeat medications?
Might be worth speaking to the practice manager, lots of surgeries let you request what you want and then pick the prescription up a few days later - means you don't need an appointment and can sometimes email/tel it through.

Also if you are desperate you can actually just go to your chemists straight off and they can supply you with your medication for a couple of days to keep you going if it is life threatening.

Ps. If you do have to go to A&E go first thing when there are plenty of doctors around (Mon - Fri) but don't be surprised if the man with the arm hanging off goes in front of you. And don't what ever you do call for an ambulance or expect it to take you back home (seriously some people expect this).
#23
ssabres
Yep, we only get given 1 months supply now instead of 2.

Costs a fortune!


montriff
Same here i used to get 84 tablets ,now i get 56 ,asked the doctor to change it back to 84 and he refused :o
I am sick of paying £7.20 (its just gone up 10p) ,when every tom,dick and harry gets it for foook all


Strange both my wife and I have repeat prescriptions and we both get 2 months supply at a time :thumbsup:
#24
A recent freedom of information check showed that the number of people detected for falsely obtaining prescriptions free by claiming to be on income support was ZERO - with the only crimes detected being from pharmacies who had falsified the number of prescriptions they had sold (and who were only made repay a percentage of what they had taken).

It was too expensive to police - so they never bothered.

Tale the hint - if you are ill why pay tax on it - are you not more entitled to free medicine than politicians are entitled to lie about free second homes?
#25
Someone else montioned the NHS prepay card where you get your prescriptions free after the subscription fee.
This is also available for 3 months for about £30, good if you tend to need prescriptions around a particular time (like i do for hayfever)
#26
ibiza;4907900
A recent freedom of information check showed that the number of people detected for falsely obtaining prescriptions free by claiming to be on income support was ZERO - with the only crimes detected being from pharmacies who had falsified the number of prescriptions they had sold (and who were only made repay a percentage of what they had taken).

It was too expensive to police - so they never bothered.

Tale the hint - if you are ill why pay tax on it - are you not more entitled to free medicine than politicians are entitled to lie about free second homes?


Interesting. They had an article on Good Morning a few weeks ago.
The Dr. there claimed only 6% of people in the UK pay for their prescriptions anyway!
They were campaigning to get the whole thing scrapped. I don't blame them.
#27
Only 6% thats a shocking figure ,does that mean 94 % of the country are very low paid or unemployed ? They might as well scrap it :x
#28
montriff
Only 6% thats a shocking figure ,does that mean 94 % of the country are very low paid or unemployed ? They might as well scrap it :x


Am not sure that that is the correct interpretation. I may be wrong.
It may be that 6% of the population overall pay - but there may be a large population out their who don't ever get a prescription. Remember kids and over 65s don't pay too - so it is the majority of the healthy population who have to pay. Also many people self medicate with over the counter meds.

Another interesting statistic is that 80% of people aged 18 to 60 pay for their prescriptions (although can't find a source at the moment).

I think that in the near future prescriptions will be free for all except for oversees visitors (who plan on staying for less than 6 months) and certain conditions (tx of tb etc).
#29
montriff
Only 6% thats a shocking figure ,does that mean 94 % of the country are very low paid or unemployed ? They might as well scrap it :x


Diabetics on tablets or insulin don’t pay for prescriptions’
#30
Realistically - as they are not policing the charges - and so if you lie you get them free without risk of consequence - and you pay if you are honest.

So in reality it is just an honesty tax - that they only charge ill people.
#31
jemo
northern ireland phasing them out as well, think we're down to about £3 odd at the min, next year its free :thumbsup:


about time we got something better than the rest of uk its almost a first lol
#32
As an asthmatic it drives me mad having to pay such high prices for the privilege of being able to breathe. I can't understand why diabetics can get free medication and all contraceptives are free but asthma isn't seen as being important enough.
Combine that with my many strong allergies which bring on asthma, prescription drugs being the only ones that work it can cost a fortune!

I looked at the prepay thing but you have to have about 4 prescriptions a month to break even. Meanwhile the rest of the UK is phasing out prescriptions and the rest of my family living in Wales gets them for free.

@ibiza my mum has told me to do this on many occasions ;-) i'm too much of a wuss :-P
#33
bob_regis
I can't defend your GP putting you on something different to what a specialist has suggested unless:
1. It is a genuine oversight.
2. The drug they wanted you to be on is not available.
3. The drug he has suggested you be on is actually only because the specialist has just received a first class ticket to Syndney all expenses paid for a conference by the drug company and actually all the evidence from the data suggest it is useless. Your specialist may be well known for doing this.


I think I understand the predicament that's come of this... My partner has just recently had a baby, and whilst she was pregnant, she had really bad sickness, and reflux. We went to the walk in center one day as it was really bad, and she was so dehydrated because she couldn't keep anything down.

Whilst there, the doctor said he prescribe some gaviscon for the reflux. She told him that she's currently taking that, and it was doing nothing for the condition. So he said he'd prescribe something else. He typed in the prescription onto the computer, just for the computer to come back saying that they can't prescribe that as it costs too much (his translation of what the computer said). He basically explained that they are not supposed to prescribe certain medicines because they are too expensive to be given over prescription (although they basically cost the same price to buy if you could buy them as the prescription). In the end, he just used his prescription pad to write a prescription by hand to overcome to computer.

But how come the nhs stops doctors prescribing medicines if they are actually going to be of use! This medicine did work a little better than the gaviscon, so surely she should've been prescribed it if it's better for her!

Prescription charges are a complete rip off. And doctors surgeries are a complete joke nowadays. My doctors are impossible to get an appointment if you work, and will prescribe heavily addictive sleeping pills for you over the telephone without even seeing you to check it over (happened to a friend of ours). And they also tell you that you're an alcoholic drinking a bottle of spirits everyday because your liver is almost dead (their words). Then, a few days later let you know that they made a mistake...

Puts great hope and expectation into some of the doctors out there. Basically, they just see you as quick as they can and get you out of the way for the next one...
#34
OFI;4924985
As an asthmatic it drives me mad having to pay such high prices for the privilege of being able to breathe. I can't understand why diabetics can get free medication and all contraceptives are free but asthma isn't seen as being important enough.
Combine that with my many strong allergies which bring on asthma, prescription drugs being the only ones that work it can cost a fortune!

My thoughts exactly :x
#35
quidditys_shore
i very rarely use the prescriptions i get. when you get to the chemist as them if there is an alternative that they sell, which 99% of the time is cheaper! my last was ibroprophen gel, £7.10 or £2! its a no brainer!


I understand your feelings completely, and I think overall you should be grateful that most of the conditions you have had only require treatment with over-the-counter medications, at least to start with.

The prescription charge is set so that if the only drug available costs £100 per dose, and you need 21 doses (a week's supply, most likely), you still pay £7.10 instead of £2100. Your expensive treatment is subsidised by those prescriptions you got at a higher price in previous years, and other prescriptions around the country. Right or wrong, I'm not to say, but it is a *national* health service, and therefore costs are covered nationally.

However, you do have the right at any GP clinic to ask for a private prescription. This works just the same as any other prescription, but when you go to the pharmacist, they will charge you the real cost of the items. Sometimes that's less than £7.10 for prescription-only drugs, and sometimes more. If you disagree with the current system, why not do that?
#36
OFI
As an asthmatic it drives me mad having to pay such high prices for the privilege of being able to breathe. I can't understand why diabetics can get free medication and all contraceptives are free but asthma isn't seen as being important enough.


The reason is that the list of conditions for which prescriptions are free has not been updated since the foundation of the NHS.

Asthma was not a chronically manageable condition in 1948, and the vast majority of the drugs used for its treatment have been discovered in the interim.

There are plans afoot to update the list, but things are moving ahead at a glacial pace.

A 12-month pre-payment certificate for your prescriptions is £104, meaning you can get your asthma looked after with any number of expensive, fancy drugs for 28p a day. Try getting it that cheaply in America!
#37
Mascherano
On the plus side though; you dont live in Wales


:whistling: On the plus side, you're out of Europe:thumbsup:
#38
pud1m
The reason is that the list of conditions for which prescriptions are free has not been updated since the foundation of the NHS.

Asthma was not a chronically manageable condition in 1948, and the vast majority of the drugs used for its treatment have been discovered in the interim.

There are plans afoot to update the list, but things are moving ahead at a glacial pace.

A 12-month pre-payment certificate for your prescriptions is £104, meaning you can get your asthma looked after with any number of expensive, fancy drugs for 28p a day. Try getting it that cheaply in America!


Why should we try to get it cheaper in America, you cant compare as we pay for the NHS!!

I agree about asthma, it's a disgrace, we have to pay for something we need to live, be it £7.10 or via a prepay card when teenagers with the morals of sewer rats can get morning after pills dished out for free. Disgusting.

The basics need addressing before our morals and values are broadcast around the world as being righteous and true.
#39
super_leeds_86
Why should we try to get it cheaper in America


That's not what he was saying.

super_leeds_86
we have to pay for something we need to live


Too right.
#40
should be all free to me. Are scotland and wales' taxes for NHS seperated? Cos if they are getting free stuff due to england taxes - shud be stopped

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