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Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by desidiabulum, Oct 30, 2014.
Hi if you live in the UK and take medication for type 2, then you get these prescriptions free. Type 1 is automatically entitled to free medication, and both types, with an NHS Medical Exemption Certificate ( actually a plastic card) regardless of income. Because I am on a low income I am also entitled to a Tax Medical Exemption Certicate which helps with travel costs to hospitals, dental costs and other medical needs.
Best wishes RRB
However If you are like me,with auxiliary problems (kidneys)(doc says otherwise I would be on metformin) who worked their b*llocks off to get off Insulin & glic, I am on D&E and hence I have lost my cert. & therfore have to pay for meds.
So your now not on meds for diabetes then anymore.
I only replied to the other post regarding that diabetics on medication can and do get free prescriptions in the UK.
Well done for getting off Insulin and glic.
Yes I am where you are Fergus, but luckily I have another 4 years to run on my exemption
By then they will have clawed back the exemption anyway, I suppose
Ha! Its just more Government spin if you ask me. On the one hand we are told that we are being empowered to control our health, and on the other that we arent intelligent enough to interpret blood sugar readings!
I've also noticed that a few people on this site have bought their own meters. Its worth having a hunt around as many companies will give them free with a complimentary supply of lancets and test strips.
Yes, we can get free meters but we cannot afford the exorbitant price for the strips. That is why the Codefree is popular.
And a massive cost to patients, whose active life can be ended by the resultant complications.
I have reduced my BG to the point that 4 GPs have pronounced me cured, because I tested hundreds of times a week, without any training. I adjusted my diet according to the results. My HbA1c dropped from 67 to 38 in 4 months. It is now 35.
It is not the same for everyone but I avoided having to go on medication by overkill on testing. It is expensive but fortunately I was diagnosed 5 months before I retired.
Which is also my intention.
Yes but you were interested enough in your health to join a forum. I think Danny's point was that the very many who aren't a member of a forum probably wouldn't bother using the meter properly. Some people even on forums simply do not want to give up most of their carbs.
I was denied extra testing of my blood thickness (INR tests) at my surgery. I needed it because I was due to go into hospital for a heart procedure 2 weeks later and my blood had unexpectedly become too thick. I was denied this. The cost would have been 4 quick appointments with a nurse and 4 x £2 for the test strips. I was desperate to have the operation and bought myself a machine to test my own blood (£300 direct from Roche). It was bought on credit card and I asked family to give me money for birthday and Christmas to pay for it. Without the operation I couldn't help myself with my diabetes because I couldn't exercise without getting breathless. The surgeon realised what I had done and was pleased because he wanted to try out a new procedure on me, if the operation had been delayed this may not have been possible.
It isn't only diabetics who need NHS help. I was only asking for a few minutes' appointment time and £8. As someone said in an earlier post the meters should be given to those who push for one because they are the people who really want one and will use them. It is pointless spending money on giving them to everyone when some would be left in a drawer unused.
I'm glad you have avoided medication by testing loads
I cant remember the dates but I think it was 2 or 3 months after diagnosis I joined the forum. I had reduced my BG on my own. But I felt like I was dying came to the forum and found out about the miracle health food that is fat.
[QUOTEcatherinecherub, post: 668051, member: 11441"]Yes, we can get free meters but we cannot afford the exorbitant price for the strips. That is why the Codefree is popular.[/QUOTE]
I didnt know about code free til I came on here, though when I ran out of the complimentary strips etc my GP refused to order them for me but he was still quite happy to increase my meds!
I didnt know about code free til I came on here, though when I ran out of the complimentary strips etc my GP refused to order them for me but he was still quite happy to increase my meds![/QUOTE]
Yes that is ridiculous
In doing so you have probaby saved you GP a good amount of cash that would have been spent on medication. Well done!
Which is wrong.
I think it's wrong that people have to pay for prescriptions if they have several items which they have to pay for every month as it can cost an absolute fortune. They should not go by a person's income but by the whole household income.