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Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by molivers73, Nov 26, 2014.
I do the same but have to sign for the prescription.
Oh dear....I hope they don't check up on me....I have/had one of those little cards since way before I was diagnosed T2, because of an underactive thyroid so for a very long time I've automatically ticked that box, but for the last two years I've been over 60 and didn't realise I didn't need to pay anyway, and have still been ticking the exemption box!
If you were diagnosed before 2002, you had lifetime exemption from prescription charges - you didn't need an exemption certificate. The NHS BSA has NOT informed those of us diagnosed prior to 2002 that the rules have changed.
It's NOT ignorance - it's lack of communication by the NHS BSA which has started a witch hunt of Type 1 diabetics. It's bureaucracy gone mad. If you NEVER had a certificate to start with you can't be penalised for NOT having one now.
These fines are ridiculous. It's bad enough being diabetic without being criminalised.
He didn't need an exemption certificate. If you were diagnosed prior to 2002 you had lifetime exemption. It's a lack of communication by the NHS. We can't be fined for something we were not informed about.
Sorry nut I was diagnosed in 1964 and have had an exemption certificate since I was 18.
and hundreds more
The negative replies . saying its all your thought They are the people who have not been fined.
or have super memories that they can remember that one day every 5 years .but might forget there wedding anniversary
(no reminder sent).
i have been in touch with the diabetic charity input to get some support but they was no help i think the thing to do is to get up a partition and send it to a local PM ...or the health minister .
I would be happy to sign it using my user name as a forum member.
Great idea it . . . .
Surely this is part of our diabetes management ? I make a diary entry approx 30 days ahead as a reminder, and carry such reminders to the next year, if applicable. After age of 60 it lol becomes much simpler in that we all get (at the moment, but it can change) free prescriptions due to an age exemption.
I don't think this is true. I was diagnosed before 2002 and had a medical exemption certificate (plastic card) prior to that date.
The reason the BSA is ignoring people diagnosed before 2002 is not because they have lifetime exemption, it's because the BSA don't have the records to contact them.
yes me it was a shock.not knowing that the card runs out after 5 years.i have refused to pay and advised by person in the chemist and other person who it happened too.its disgusting to be made to feel like a criminal.when you know you are entitled to a freeexcemption certificate as already had one,.
Check it's a current one. Mine from 1999 giving me lifetime exemption is apparently now not valid!
the health service have contracted out the running of the exemption cards, so they are looking to claw back as much as possible asap,
The exemption cards only run for 5 years, the reason is to cut down on fraud use by others using a deceased's card, and other similar scams,
unfortunately as T1 we are being hammered for our ignorance of this fact, and the lack of help from G.P Practices, A good friend of mine has received 3 invoices so far and the local doctors are still dragging their heels, with regard to renewing her exemption card, get in early and push your doctor hard for the necessary clarification, and/or download and fill in forms early as these "Traffic Wardens " are merciless
This is on the BBC news front page http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31537381 regarding prescription fines.
Sorry that's not correct, I was diagnosed in 1965 and have had a certificate from the 1970's/80's it's renewed every 5 years now days though.
So I take it we all need to renew our cards? I got mine in 86 and haven't seen it for years, never been asked to produce it either.
Ssh ! Don't tell anyone ! Renew quick
That would be no 1 priority on my list of things to do if it were me
Right then, that's me down to the Docs int morning
Not only is your response uncaring and unthinking CarbsRok but it is legally inaccurate! Originally Exemption Certificates were issued for Life - it was only in 2002 that the Law was changed and Certificates were required to be renewed every 5 years - only problem was that DOH failed to inform users. I don't know your background but clearly understanding is not part of your make-up. molivers73 was at fault for not having a valid certicate - not for owing prescription charges.