MEDICATION COSTS (N.H.S)
Most NHS treatment, such as visits to your GP or local accident and emergency (A&E) department, is free of charge. However, you may have to contribute to some of your health costs, such as prescriptions, dental and optical treatment, and hospital travel.
Many people are entitled to free or reduced health costs, including:
· children under 16 years of age,
· young people (aged 16-18) in full-time education,
· people over 60 years of age,
· pregnant women and new mothers,
· people on low incomes, and
those with some specific medical conditions.
Having a liver condition and hence resulting in a liver transplant can be quite costly regarding the medication, both short term and especially long term (having had a liver transplant you will be on anti rejection drugs for the rest of your life).
Depending on other medical conditions you might have, you may be exempt from charges. Generally speaking if you have to pay for your prescriptions now, then you will have to pay for your anti-rejection drugs after a transplant.
These costs can be reduced greatly by purchasing a "Pre Payment Certificate". These come in three months or 12 months certificates. The biggest savings are with the 12 months certificates.
For more information on eligability for free prescriptions, and pre payment cards, please click on the N.H.S link provided below.
This information is only applicable to N.H.S Patients.