Friday, February 02, 2007

You think £20 for a prescription is expensive???

I had a gentleman in today to pick up a prescription for himself and his wife. His wife's was a private prescription that costs around £20. He wasn't best pleased about this. He changed his mind somewhat when I took out his prescription and had a chat. His Rx was for Casodex 150mg tabs. These cost the NHS £240 per 28. He had two boxes - the cost of that on a private Rx would have been over £600 probably. His view on the £20 for his wife changed somewhat after that.

Another expensive script I've had this week was for 400 Prograf 1mg capsules. These cost the NHS £85 per 50. So not cheap. And to think some people who are well off moan about paying the £6.65 prescription charge.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahem. £6.65 is a lot of money when you're a student.

7:47 pm  
Blogger Shinga said...

It may be a lot of money - but it may equally represent excellent value for that money.

There are prescription passports for people who may anticipate sufficient need that the outlay outweighs prescription charges.

9:35 pm  
Blogger Nostrumdammit said...

One can either pay £6.65 per item NHS Tax or can elect to purchase a pre-payment certificate for £95.30 for the whole year, £34.65 for three months.

Avid technocrats utilising a calculator will swiftly work out that over a three month period, one can recoup the certificate costs afer only 5.2 prescription items, the annual certificate being more than balanced after 14.3 items.
Thereafter the patient is saving.

A little forward thinking coupled with perhaps a little intial sacrifice and one can build in a domestic fiscal efficiency which will allow the patient to return to their normal purchasing targets be they food/heat/light or additional cd/dvd, smokes, beverages, recreation or whatever.

12:10 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A prepayment certificate is cheaper than a television licence, but guess which one people think is essential and which one they moan about.

11:52 pm  
Blogger roses and sex and haggis said...

a good tip for students is the HC5 form, which can save a fortune if the straits you are in are sufficiently dire. It's saved me a fair whack in dental costs and prescriptions since last January.

6:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its disgusting the price of proscriptions now, when will it stop going up? i have asthma and i have to pay for my inhalers i think thats disgusting as its a life saving thing and you have to pay for it, but you get the PILL for FREE, whats going on with the nhs.

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