1) I'm sorry - but people on low income don't get free prescript
ions - only those on income support. For example someone earning the national minimum wage and working 37 hours a week isn't eligible (by quite a long way). They would only get free prescript
ions if they had a partner and at least one child to support from their £150 per week of take home pay. That's why you get whole families living in a one room bedsit.
2) Again no clue. People on low income can't pay by direct debit. Most of them have basic bank accounts. These don't allow direct debits !! This total lack of attention to detail causes many people great hardship.
3) The majority of people with colitis pay for indidual prescript
ions. Most people don't even want to think that they're going to be on medication for the rest of their lives. Lets face it who wants to live with a 10-50 fold increase in cancer risk.
4) "I realise it's not charity but your £7000 isn't just for you. It's also for all those who can't afford to pay, i.e people on low income, children, students, don't have job, on benefits etc.. their medication is free because people like you and I pay the taxes. I'm happy with that."
- Again you just don't get it - people on low income don't get free prescript
ions. I could pay for a pre-payment certificate from less than an hours pay. I pay £600 pounds a year just for web site hosting for the UK colitis site.
I spent 15 years working for free in CABs with people who are robbing peter to pay paul. If you can't afford your kids school dinners then it get difficult to justify colitis medication for yourself. When it comes to Christmas - and it's a case of buy your child a present - or use the money for yourself for medication then it's a heart breaker. This isn't a soap opera !!
Also many people eligeable for free presciptions don't claim them because of the stigma attached. The vast majority of means tested benefits go unclaimed.
Once again - if treatment is free at the point of use/need then it should be free. If it's not then I don't want to take part. I would much rather donate to a fund that supports those that need help - and leave people like yourself to fend for themselves. That would leave both people on low incomes and myself far better off. You on the other hand would be paying about
£150 per month for your medication - and another £2,000 a year to see a GP or consultant. If you got admitted to hospital you would be looking at another few thousand pounds before they let you through the door. No money - then no treatment - the same dilema as those on low income suffer.
What's probably most sad is that the people most affected don't have any oportunity to answer back in a forum like this. They don't have computers, certainly can't pay 15 pounds a month for broadband - and don't want to pay £1 an hour down the local library.
Post Edited (Andy G) : 11/1/2007 7:08:11 PM (GMT-6)