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Why is Lupus not exempt from NHS Prescription Charges

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Im just trawling the internet to try to find out where I can find a list of which illnesses are included or excluded in paying charges for prescription charges.

Im also thinking about paying a one-off fee which should cover me for charges and anything above what I have paid up front for will not be charged.

Very quickly I was staggered to find the following:

emption policy

[QUOTE]At present, some patients with chronic illness are exempt from patient charges if their condition is on a Department of Health list, originally drawn up in 1968, or if their income is below a certain level.

Patients with chronic illness can also pay £89 up front to cover the costs of their prescriptions over a year. [/QUOTE]

The £89.00 up front cover is Im sure out of date as the article was from 2002.
Im not so sure about the 1968 original list!.

I have a friend who has a thyroid problem and is exempt, even though it is an auto immune disease and a comfortable income.
I have a friend who has m.s who is not exempt, even though hers is also an autoimmune disease.

The lady with M.S is able to get a comfortable income from the government re benefits and never therefore has a lot of financial security and has recovered some of her ability.
Somebody else I know who seems worse off than her in some ways gets nothing and is financially unsecure.

Why do some auto immune diseases qualify and some do not re prescription charges.

I wonder where one goes to ask these questions to enable some change in the system.

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Hi , just a little info from someone working in a pharmacy, if you have not got a pre-payment certificate and are going to apply for one you need to ask for an FP57 receipt at the time of paying for your prescriptions, any cost you pay on that day can be refunded at the pharmacy up to three months from that date, as long as your pre-payment card starts from the date you paid the charges ,you can claim a refund by taking your pre-payment card when it arrives usually upto three weeks after applying for it, and the reciept form into your pharmacy who then will refund the monies already paid on the reciept form, dont forget to complete the back of the form for this to be valid. receipts can only be issued if you ask at the time of paying for prescriptions dont forget to ask.
Buying a pre payment cert there is a web site in the UK
here you will find details of paying by debit cards , cheque or direct debit and lots of other useful info about help with health costs. go ahead save money now .
Hope this helps Ellen xxxxx:)
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