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Beware Nhs exemption

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by caretaker, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. caretaker

    caretaker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi people not been about for a bit
    but i would like to make people aware of this fact.
    i came home today and i had a letter saying that i was being charged and fined for not having a currant exemption cert.
    i got the fine dropped but had to pay for items i cant believe that they cant sent out reminders like any one else .THE DVLA have no trouble.
    I had no idea that you had yo new it if you was diabetic we should be informed notFINED
     
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    #1 caretaker, Jan 2, 2015 at 6:50 PM
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  2. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    Cut off in his prime as well apparently.
     
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    Fallgal Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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  4. sunshine84

    sunshine84 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Yes a few other people on here have been caught out, there's another thread about it somewhere. I just had a bit of a rant as it seems to be a really unclear system. I was told they can back date the card so you could perhaps claim back the prescriptions you paid for? Good luck!

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  5. Spiker

    Spiker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    How often do you have to renew the card?

    Presumably this is because the NHS is worried about the high number of people who get spontaneously cured of diabetes and then go on to abuse their free prescription entitlement? :-/
     
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    Beckie2014 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It needs renewing every ten years I believe
     
  8. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    5 years
     
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  9. kimkennedy89

    kimkennedy89 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I find this utterly ridiculous!! Why do they not send a reminder if it's expired or if you've never been made aware of this like myself - a notice to apply for one?! If no action is taken and prescriptions continue to be filled - then fine the person!!

    I've never been advised that I need an exemption card, any time I go to the pharmacy they look at my prescription and say 'oh you're diabetic so don't pay as you have an exemption, sign here' I live in Scotland though so don't know if it's different for me?
     
  10. Alasdair

    Alasdair Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    you live in Scotland and therefore d not pay for any prescription.
     
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  11. kimkennedy89

    kimkennedy89 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I know I don't pay for the prescription but I seen on another thread that regardless of location and although all diabetics are medically exempt, you still need a valid exemption card to prevent getting a fine. It's rather confusing
     
  12. Alasdair

    Alasdair Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    nobody in Scotland pays for a prescription, diabetic or otherwise. If you live in England, you pay for prescriptions unless you meet the exemption criteria and can provide proof
     
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  13. Pipp

    Pipp Type 2 · Expert
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    All diabetics are not exempt from prescription charges. You have to have medication, and have applied for, and obtained an exemption certificate. This needs to be renewed every 5 years.

    It is a ludicrous situation, and people are being caught out because they are not aware of the rules. Apparently there is a new database against which all computerised prescriptions are now checked when someone claims exemption. From reports on here and in media, there seems to be rigid enforcement and fines issued even if someone has made an honest mistake or has been misinformed about need to have exemption certificate regardless of the fact that they have a medical condition entitling them to exemption.
     
  14. autoimmune chrissy

    autoimmune chrissy Type 1 · Active Member

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    Just another way to get money,robbing *****
     
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