Today I was told the reason why my medication wasn’t being upped. A massive reason was because of how much it was cost the NHS.
I’m on 60mg of Fluoxetine (otherwise known as Prozac), I take 20mgs. Which is 3 a day. I get a prescription that is meant for someone who takes one a day for a month, meaning I pay more than I need to. Today I asked my doctor if it was possible if I could change over to the 60s. His reply shocked me. It costs the NHS 99p to give someone a month of 20mgs, while if I was given single 60mgs it would cost the NHS £30. This is something I heard about my other medication; I couldn’t have my prescription put back to how it was months ago because it would cost the NHS too much money.
With what’s going on at the moment my doctor told me that if I was private my prescription for one month of flux at 60mg would cost me £30. That’s for one prescription. I have 4 others.
Now I’m not claiming that we have the most perfect and brilliant national health service, but we do have one. Something we are extremely lucky to have. I am personally terrified by the cuts and privatisation that is going on in the NHS right now because of how much id have to pay for one month. Something I will never be able to afford, therefore I will never recover or get better. Simple as that.
I am a proud supporter of the NHS and think of Nye Bevan as one of my idols. Privatisation of the NHS is a terrifying thought but because of what this new government is doing and planning on doing, it’s a realistic thought.
Action is required.