This Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the prescription charges exemption list. This list has remained largely unchanged since 1968, which campaigners say has resulted in people living with long-term conditions paying high amounts for necessary medication. This week we hear from campaigners and people, in their words, on these costs on why they believe these charges should be scrapped.
When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in October 2012, it felt like the ground had been taken out from under me: nothing can describe the feeling of being told your life will change, so significantly, forever.
I was living and working in England, so on top of getting to grips with what I thought of as my ‘new life’, I had to pay for the medication that was now central to my daily routine.
Within the first twelve months after diagnosis, I increased from one form of medication to three, automatically tripling the charges. As I was on sick leave from work, this was a worrying expense of about £26.00 every month, on top of the additional cost of any over-the-counter medicines I needed. A prepayment certificatewould have helped, but no one told me about it. I would occasionally skip taking tablets so I could stretch out the time before having to pay again, as sick pay doesn’t go very far. I found out the hard way that this is definitely not a good idea when you’re adjusting to a new medication regime. I tried missing just one tablet per day, thinking that would be…