Re: Thyroid probs meds free, other conditions not free
I suspect the reason for free prescriptions on the NHS for some conditions is because some have been put on the "free" list many years ago.
I had a look here: http://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/Healthcosts/pages/Prescriptioncosts.aspx
They added cancer to the list in 2009 (not Scotland), but they won't add lots of extra conditions because of cost. When cancer wasn't on the list I wouldn't have said that cancer was less serious than hypothyroidism just because it wasn't on the free prescription list. I don't think your hypertension was less serious just because it wasn't on the list either.
Prescription charges in Wales were scrapped for everyone some years ago and in Scotland they have been steadily falling (currently £3) with a view to making them free in the future for all.
I've gotten the impression in general that (in relation to all the other bad things that can happen to you and your body), hypothyroidism is not too bad as long as it's treated. Is this right?
Last edited by Alexandra23; 02-15-2011 at 02:55 PM.