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Type 1: Prescription fine

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by molivers73, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. CarbsRok

    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    As he didn't have one from day one of diagnoses I think your understanding is at fault.
    Like a lot of other posters have said read what you sign IE you sign you have an exemption certificate and you haven't then the NHS will take the view that you owe money. Nope it ain't fair the system leaves a lot to be desired in the way they are going about things.
     
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    rubold Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Looks like there's going to be a lot of GP's time wasted with form signing then?
     
  3. Johndotcom

    Johndotcom Type 1 · Member

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    In Wales it is slightly different to England, as everyone that resides in Country does not pay any prescription charges.
    I have been on Insulin for fifty years next year and even in Wales use to have a Exemption Certificate.
    I don't know what happens now "legally" in England, when visiting and needing a Prescription, I have to tick have a exemption certificate, but don't actually hold one any more as told by Hospital and GP not required, and by the Pharmacy in England told to just tick box as exempt when I asked them.
    Holiday makers in Wales still have to pay for prescriptions, unless they hold the said certificate or a residential Permanent home in Wales not a Holiday Home or Caravan.
    Not sure how the Law is now applied with three Counties in UK having different system, but for people requiring a life saving drug that is on list as not requiring to pay for should be sorted out or automated.
     
  4. caretaker

    caretaker Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    i order mine over the phone from the chemist.CO OP i never see it .or sign it and i have it delivered.
    i have done this for at least the last 6 + year after no longer being able to drive.
     
  5. Johndotcom

    Johndotcom Type 1 · Member

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    That's the same for many now I should think, order on Computer, and delivered by Chemist, but I have to sign for my Morphine, but nothing else as described earlier.
     
  6. CarbsRok

    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My GP surgery has about 12,000 patients
    Ways to order meds are :-
    phone prescription line
    leave request at choice of pharmacy
    On line which goes to GP to sign, this then goes to pharmacy of choice. You either collect and sign for the prescription or it's delivered and signed for. Nothing is given out without a signature.
     
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    Kazzy Lud Type 1 · Active Member

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    I was diagnosed T1 last May. I was sent from the GP to hospital, where I was put on insulin so I could go home for the weekend. The following week I was back at my doctors to pick up all the medication I needed. I was told that I was now medically exempt so didn't have to pay. I have continued to collect my prescriptions ever since, totally unaware that I needed a certificate. Last weekend I read about certificates on the forum. On Monday I went to the GP and they apologised and gave me a form. Guess what came through the post today... (To my old address)? My fine. Let the battle commence.
     
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    lollyann1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was diagnosed in 2013 but I was 60 in October 2012 so I don't have to, or, didn't have to complete an Exemption Form - did I?
     
  9. lollyann1

    lollyann1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I know I am over 60 now but similarly I have ordered mine over the 'phone and they are delivered to me.
     
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    lollyann1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have a friend who's T2 was reversed by exercise and diet
     
  11. Lex_Ley

    Lex_Ley Type 1 · Member

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    Kazzy Lud Type 1 · Active Member

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    The relevance to being fined for not having an exemption certificate when you have T1 is....?
     
  13. dannyw

    dannyw Type 1 · BANNED

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    Not 100% sure what you're asking so I'll take a guess. I guess it would be similar to being entitled to housing benefit but not actually claiming it. Then, not paying your rent for many years because you just assumed you were entitled to free rent. Then, when you get caught and have to fork out a lot of money, blaming everybody but yourself. Why should you have to actually claim housing benefit ? Nobody told you .
    Apologies if this isn't what you meant.
     
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  14. CarbsRok

    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The difference here is that your prescription is marked as exempt due to your age entitlement. I double checked my Mum's prescription and it quite clearly states age exempt on it.
     
  15. CollieBoy

    CollieBoy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just my twisted mind, but what bwould happen if someone's exemption certificate expired in Jan 2015, they turned 60 in Dec 2014, and erroneously continued to tick the Exemption due to illness rather than to age? are they going to go after them too!:rolleyes:
     
  16. tim2000s

    tim2000s Type 1 · Expert
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    Then they fraudulently claimed to have a valid exemption certificate rather than correctly claiming they were over sixty.

    They would be chased by the NHSBSA, and an interesting conversation would ensue...
     
  17. CollieBoy

    CollieBoy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Can you see the headlines:
    "Dementia ridden T1 pensioner fined by NHSBSA"
    :rolleyes:
     
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    dannyw Type 1 · BANNED

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    Good luck @Brian_H . Let us know how you get on in court.
     
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    JRW Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    This is pretty similar to my experience in that I've been told I was medically exempt so don't have to pay. I've still not paid for anything yet, or any fines, despite never having seen any sort of certificate.
     
  20. CarbsRok

    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You need to apply for the certificate, it wont just suddenly appear :(
     
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