No - we get none of our medication in the UK for nothing. It is paid for by the NHS which is funded by the tax payers and is incredibly expensive. I get very frustrated by people referring the British healthcare system as "free". I read (not necessarily on this forum) about people getting stuff "for free" on their prescription which they don't need. Or demanding something on prescription which would be cheaper across the counter ... but they don't have to pay for prescription. Or demanding vitamins from the NHS even though there is no scientific proof that they work. Or, my biggest bug bear, selling stuff which they "get for free" on prescription. I do not directly pay for my pump, insulin, test strips, BG meter and eye tests. But I still consider that I contribute significantly towards them through my taxes and I am exceedingly grateful to everyone else who contributes to the NHS. In addition, I directly fund my DexCom and any hypo treatment. Like many of the respondents, I feel incredibly privileged to have the NHS and to benefit from it. It is the world in which I have spent most of my life and, if I did not have diabetes, I would not begrudge funding others through my taxes ... but I hope they (and everyone else) realise the NHS is not free.