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    Quote Originally Posted by radish2008 View Post
    I'm type 2 - borderline now - and pay for the prescriptions.

    The money we coin in and free prescriptions doesn't sit well with me. The woman in the chemist is amazed anyone chooses to pay.
    My better half has secondary progressive MS, is wheelchair bound, needs me as her carer, is registered disabled, and still has to pay for her own prescriptions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whorty View Post
    My better half has secondary progressive MS, is wheelchair bound, needs me as her carer, is registered disabled, and still has to pay for her own prescriptions.
    Yeah I know - that seems absurd. I thought the reason that diabetes prescriptions were free was because it's classed as a disability. I don't understand why your wife's condition would be any different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radish2008 View Post
    Yeah I know - that seems absurd. I thought the reason that diabetes prescriptions were free was because it's classed as a disability. I don't understand why your wife's condition would be any different.
    Nope.

    The list is based on the old cost to the NHS of treating complications of the disease.

    For example asthma isn't on the list even though it should be as when they made the list up people didn't commonly have asthma as an adult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by radish2008 View Post
    Yeah I know - that seems absurd. I thought the reason that diabetes prescriptions were free was because it's classed as a disability. I don't understand why your wife's condition would be any different.
    If she is prescribed something directly related to her illness, say she was on disease modifying drugs like Rebif, then that would be free. As there is no drug available on the NHS for secondary progressive though she is not on anything. What she does need is pain relief (among other drugs) but she has to pay for these even though they are to relieve her symptoms. Seems strange.

    Thankfully we can afford the cost but I'd be concerned for less well off families as prescriptions are not cheap anymore!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whorty View Post
    My better half has secondary progressive MS, is wheelchair bound, needs me as her carer, is registered disabled, and still has to pay for her own prescriptions.
    Help with prescription costs - Health costs - NHS Choices

    People with certain medical conditions can get free NHS prescriptions if:
    they have one of the conditions listed below, and
    they hold a valid medical exemption certificate.

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    a continuing physical disability which means the person cannot go out without the help of another person. Temporary disabilities do not count even if they last for several months
    I would suggest she would probably count, talk to your pharmacist. From the description I would like her to be entitled.

    Have you got the annual prescription option?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SueEllen View Post
    Nope.

    The list is based on the old cost to the NHS of treating complications of the disease.

    For example asthma isn't on the list even though it should be as when they made the list up people didn't commonly have asthma as an adult.
    That's interesting, I have asthma (diagnosed recently and triggered by exercise and allergies) and I have to pay for everything too. Looks like I'll be on the meds now the rest of my life .... or at least whilst I'm still fit and exercising, and the sun is out
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    I pay for prescriptions for Crohn's Disease, and the point of the meds is to stop me needing expensive surgery again. Perhaps it's just a question of numbers (i.e. Diabetes much more common).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whorty View Post
    That's interesting, I have asthma (diagnosed recently and triggered by exercise and allergies) and I have to pay for everything too. Looks like I'll be on the meds now the rest of my life .... or at least whilst I'm still fit and exercising, and the sun is out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whorty View Post
    That's interesting, I have asthma (diagnosed recently and triggered by exercise ...)
    I've often thought people jogging along busy roads in London are doing themselves more harm than good, puffing and panting in all that ozone and NO2 and worst of all those noxious diesel fumes and particulates. It's absolutely bonkers.

    I know pedestrians breathe the same air. But joggers are presumably more at risk because they must tend to take deeper breaths.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlHoot View Post
    I've often thought people jogging along busy roads in London are doing themselves more harm than good, puffing and panting in all that ozone and NO2 and worst of all those noxious diesel fumes and particulates. It's absolutely bonkers.

    I know pedestrians breathe the same air. But joggers are presumably more at risk because they must tend to take deeper breaths.
    I even saw someone jogging through the Rotherhithe Tunnel recently

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