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    Free prescriptions, We need your help to get free prescriptions for people with asthma in England. Or any other long term illness.

    Almost 1.8 million people with asthma in England still pay for their prescriptions, and 94% of people with asthma say they support free prescriptions for people with asthma.

    More than a third of people with asthma say the recession has made it even harder to afford their life-saving prescriptions, and many have to choose not to get some of their prescriptions because of the cost.

    The Prime Minister announced over a year ago in September 2008 - that the Government would abolish prescription charges for all people with long-term conditions. But we are very concerned that no date has been set for this, and the Government has not yet said whether people with asthma will be included. Asthma UK is leading a coalition of charities calling on the Prime Minister to honour his promise before the next General Election, and to apply the exemption to all long-term conditions - including asthma.

    The Government set up a review of prescriptions to look at how to carry out the promise of free prescriptions for people with long-term conditions. We want the Government to publish and respond to this review urgently so they can implement this promise as soon as possible.

    To win our campaign, it will be crucial to show the Government that the campaign has a huge number of supporters.

    Please also encourage any of your friends and family who want to see free prescriptions for people with asthma to take part too. With enough support, we can make a difference.

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    47 Comments

    I really dont understand the free prescription thing....my mum has an under (or over, I forget) active thyroid and therefore gets free presctiptions.....she doesnt even take the tablets cos they make her feel worse and she has told the dr this.....my dad has an irregular heartbeat and has 4 seperate tablets to take daily, think he has been on them since he was in his 20's so over 30 years....he doesnt get free prescriptions

    I would have thought that the medication that HAS to be taken in order to live should be free....and the optional stuff should be at a charge

    lil_tiger;7623623

    I really dont understand the free prescription thing....my mum has an … I really dont understand the free prescription thing....my mum has an under (or over, I forget) active thyroid and therefore gets free presctiptions.....she doesnt even take the tablets cos they make her feel worse and she has told the dr this.....my dad has an irregular heartbeat and has 4 seperate tablets to take daily, think he has been on them since he was in his 20's so over 30 years....he doesnt get free prescriptionsI would have thought that the medication that HAS to be taken in order to live should be free....and the optional stuff should be at a charge




    My wife is just the same she has an under active thyroid and gets all her prescriptions for free and I have asthma plus other long term medical conditions that I have to take several medications a day as well as other items I have to use and I have to pay!

    mikebike;7623790

    My wife is just the same she has an under active thyroid and gets all her … My wife is just the same she has an under active thyroid and gets all her prescriptions for free and I have asthma plus other long term medical conditions that I have to take several medications a day as well as other items I have to use and I have to pay!



    well my mums must be under too as free medication is only paalicable to one of them.....from what my mum says it isnt serious in any way....not a threat to life or even comfort really, so why is it on 'the list' :?

    whats your bet someone who made the list suffered from it

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    Why is it such a problem?

    It only costs £100 a year to get as many prescriptions that you want.

    The unemployed / disabled already get free prescriotions and £100 isnt exacally going to break the bank for any working person.

    bambi-is-dead;7624102

    Why is it such a problem?It only costs £100 a year to get as many … Why is it such a problem?It only costs £100 a year to get as many prescriptions that you want.The unemployed / disabled already get free prescriotions and £100 isnt exacally going to break the bank for any working person.



    I understand what your saying and yes £100 is not a lot for me but its the fact that asthma is a chronic condition and should be treated as such in giving free prescriptions.

    bambi-is-dead;7624102

    Why is it such a problem?It only costs £100 a year to get as many … Why is it such a problem?It only costs £100 a year to get as many prescriptions that you want.The unemployed / disabled already get free prescriotions and £100 isnt exacally going to break the bank for any working person.



    Couldnt agree more

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    DJNG22;7624414

    Couldnt agree more



    So because I work, I should pay for prescriptions whilst people on benefits should be able to get them for free?

    Supermod

    Why just people with asthma?! I have medication which I have to take, albeit it is not serious at all, but I have to pay for it.

    This is the age old contentious issue which angers only those who are at a disadvantage.

    Banned

    pay or die

    simple

    Banned

    magicjay1986;7624430

    Why just people with asthma?! I have medication which I have to take, … Why just people with asthma?! I have medication which I have to take, albeit it is not serious at all, but I have to pay for it. This is the age old contentious issue which angers only those who are at a disadvantage.



    It's irksome for people who have to get medication so they can work and pay more tax.

    Banned

    yes ill support this providing none of them are smokers.......which i highly doubt

    FilthAndFurry;7624419

    So because I work, I should pay for prescriptions whilst people on … So because I work, I should pay for prescriptions whilst people on benefits should be able to get them for free?



    Yes. As was said its £2 a week which is a damn site less than the medicines cost the government.

    Scroungers (yeah I said it!!) on benefits should not get free prescriptions either. But that is a whole other issue. Which I could talk about all day.

    FilthAndFurry;7624449

    It's irksome for people who have to get medication so they can work and … It's irksome for people who have to get medication so they can work and pay more tax.



    ^^This^^

    Prescriptions should be free to all imo.

    bambi-is-dead;7624102

    Why is it such a problem?It only costs £100 a year to get as many … Why is it such a problem?It only costs £100 a year to get as many prescriptions that you want.The unemployed / disabled already get free prescriotions and £100 isnt exacally going to break the bank for any working person.


    Im pretty sure the main problem here is that 'some' people get free prescriptions when they dont require it and others do....I just think its odd to be honest
    casparwhite;7624558

    yes ill support this providing none of them are smokers.......which i … yes ill support this providing none of them are smokers.......which i highly doubt



    +1

    dcx_badass;7624140

    I agree, I'm sure it costs more when I go to hospital with it. I don't … I agree, I'm sure it costs more when I go to hospital with it. I don't get why some stupid little slut gets free contraception yet I have to pay for something that keeps me alive.



    They should use that for that ad campaign to raise awareness :lol

    Supermod

    DJNG22;7624414

    Couldnt agree more



    :thinking:

    Do you work?

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    gotta laugh at 6% of people with asthma dont believe that they should get free prescriptions

    magicjay1986;7624649

    :thinking:Do you work?



    Yes I do and have never had any hand out of any kind:thumbsup:

    Supermod

    casparwhite;7624650

    gotta laugh at 6% of people with asthma dont believe that they should … gotta laugh at 6% of people with asthma dont believe that they should get free prescriptions



    ...maybe they were not able to finish answering the question...

    DJNG22;7624559

    Yes. As was said its £2 a week which is a damn site less than the … Yes. As was said its £2 a week which is a damn site less than the medicines cost the government.Scroungers (yeah I said it!!) on benefits should not get free prescriptions either. But that is a whole other issue. Which I could talk about all day.



    Could you really talk about it all day ?

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    casparwhite;7624558

    yes ill support this providing none of them are smokers.......which i … yes ill support this providing none of them are smokers.......which i highly doubt



    non smoker but my mum smoked HEAVILY around me up until I was 14-15 when I just stayed in my room all day :whistling: I blame her for my asthma, she should pay for my inhalers.

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    magicjay1986;7624668

    ...maybe they were not able to finish answering the question...



    cant wait for when alcoholics can get free alcohol on prescription as part of their medication

    petition for something worthwhile like medicinal cannabis:)

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    magicjay1986;7624668

    ...maybe they were not able to finish answering the question...



    **** :lol:

    Supermod

    DJNG22;7624662

    Yes I do and have never had any hand out of any kind:thumbsup:



    Ok. I just find it strange (but respect your opinion at the same time) that you say that £100 is not a high price to pay for not actually receiving anything. Taxes are high enough as it is. Taxpayers pay for a wide range of benefits.

    My biggest issue is legal aid. If I have one more idiot asking me for legal aid so they can sue their milkman I will lose my cool. :x

    Supermod

    casparwhite;7624705

    cant wait for when alcoholics can get free alcohol on prescription as … cant wait for when alcoholics can get free alcohol on prescription as part of their medicationpetition for something worthwhile like medicinal cannabis:)



    That will not be too far down the line.

    Yesterday I watched 7 people go out for cigarette breaks which they claim to be "entitled to". It did not go down too well when I dashed off to the pub and then returned ten minutes later citing their exact excuse.

    dontasciime;7624698

    Could you really talk about it all day ?



    Yes, the state of this country and everything that is wrong with it. How the farcical welfare state created by labour is ruining the country and making it an infuriating and will destroying place to live for the man on the street who keeps his head down, pays his own way and gets absolutely nothing in return.

    I could probably talk all day about that yes.

    Supermod

    DJNG22;7624750

    Yes, the state of this country and everything that is wrong with it. How … Yes, the state of this country and everything that is wrong with it. How the pharcical welfare state created by labour is ruining the country and making it an infuriating and will destroying place to live for the man on the street who keeps his head down, pays his own way and gets absolutely nothing in return.I could probably talk all day about that yes.



    Not much will be different under Tory leadership. Cameron will jump on any old bandwagon.

    for god sake lol!!

    i have asthma, If a prescripton is free for thoriod it should be free for anything

    If its free to disabled / non workers, it should be free to us workers!!!

    nothings fair nowadays, people need to make there minds up its evither got to be free for EVERYONE for anything or everyone should pay!!

    magicjay1986;7624708

    Ok. I just find it strange (but respect your opinion at the same time) … Ok. I just find it strange (but respect your opinion at the same time) that you say that £100 is not a high price to pay for not actually receiving anything. Taxes are high enough as it is. Taxpayers pay for a wide range of benefits. My biggest issue is legal aid. If I have one more idiot asking me for legal aid so they can sue their milkman I will lose my cool. :x



    I appreciate what you mean but we need more people paying for things on an even scale, the Welsh and Scottish should start paying for prescriptions and the scrotes on benefits should make contributions, not the other way round.

    If more people get them free, guess who gets taxed more to pay for that?

    Supermod

    DJNG22;7624779

    I appreciate what you mean but we need more people paying for things on … I appreciate what you mean but we need more people paying for things on an even scale, the Welsh and Scottish should start paying for prescriptions and the scrotes on benefits should make contributions, not the other way round.If more people get them free, guess who gets taxed more to pay for that?



    I agree. Double who needs to pay for them and half the price. Just a suggestion but that seems sensible. £7.90 per prescription...It is a joke!

    magicjay1986;7624794

    I agree. Double who needs to pay for them and half the price. Just a … I agree. Double who needs to pay for them and half the price. Just a suggestion but that seems sensible. £7.90 per prescription...It is a joke!



    I recently broke my leg and the doctor wrote me a prescription for paracetemol. £7.90 for something thats 20p in ASDA?!? What an insult.

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    magicjay1986;7624726

    Yesterday I watched 7 people go out for cigarette breaks which they claim … Yesterday I watched 7 people go out for cigarette breaks which they claim to be "entitled to". It did not go down too well when I dashed off to the pub and then returned ten minutes later citing their exact excuse.



    Damn can't rep you again today :thumbsup: does my goat, then they moan when I turn up 3 minutes late for work er well I don't have 40 fag breaks a day.

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    DJNG22;7624818

    I recently broke my leg and the doctor wrote me a prescription for … I recently broke my leg and the doctor wrote me a prescription for paracetemol. £7.90 for something thats 20p in ASDA?!? What an insult.



    The pharmacist always offers me the cheaper option, god knows what the doctors are thinking when they write the prescriptions.

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    bambi-is-dead;7624102

    Why is it such a problem?It only costs £100 a year to get as many … Why is it such a problem?It only costs £100 a year to get as many prescriptions that you want.The unemployed / disabled already get free prescriotions and £100 isnt exacally going to break the bank for any working person.



    Just because ppl work doesnt mean they have more money than someone that is on benefits!!
    £100 out of my wages is a lot of money!

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    multi alert


    edit:multi banned

    Supermod

    lumoruk;7624835

    Damn can't rep you again today :thumbsup: does my goat, then they moan … Damn can't rep you again today :thumbsup: does my goat, then they moan when I turn up 3 minutes late for work er well I don't have 40 fag breaks a day.



    Haha. Its ok. Thanks!

    I know. It really aggravates me too. Then they are off work with a sore throat....:x

    hncb0809;7624448

    pay or diesimple



    And then when all the working asthmatics die because they cannot afford prescriptions...who's taking to there jobs? the lazy unemployed? Doubt it because then they'll have to pay for there prescriptions.

    kerri_ for god sake lol!!i have asthma, If a prescripton is free for thoriod it should be free for anythingIf its free to disabled / non workers, it should be free to us workers!!!nothings fair nowadays, people need to make there minds up its evither got

    The one good thing about living in Wales is this kind of stuff is free
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