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Old 02-14-2011, 01:11 PM   #1
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Thyroid probs meds free, other conditions not free

Since I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid problem I have been told now that all my meds will be free.

Before being diagnosed with this condition I had hypertension for a few years but always had to pay for those meds and statins as well. Yet that can be quite serious as well due to heart attack and stroke rates.

Does that mean that an underactive thyroid is more serious then hypertension then?

or does it just mean that they choose certain conditions that they think should be meds free and others not?

Anyone know?

I am just curious about this really

Does this apply in other countries as well with thyroid probs, are meds free there for this to?

I am in the UK.

 
Old 02-14-2011, 07:28 PM   #2
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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?

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Old 02-17-2011, 11:55 AM   #3
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Re: Thyroid probs meds free, other conditions not free

Well from what I have read so far thryoid prob does not seem to be so bad. I did not even know I had it until told. Precriptions here for one item is now £7.20 which is a lot. Thats what I was paying for my blood pressure tabs before. Not everyone can afford it but if they cant claim benefits they have a choice, pay or get sick. Even with some if only one partner is working and paying for everything the other has to pay for meds even if they are not working, but thats another discussion really.

 
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