We all know that Asthma can be a critical thing. Depending on how servere it can be, you can end up having to pay for lots of treatment... new inhalers or steriods.
A couple of years ago, I questioned why Asthmatics have to pay for their treatment when it is a form a medication they NEED to survive during an attack. After writing with to my MP and asking people various questions, I accepted that that's how it is. And yes, you can get a pre-paid prescription which can help.
My Asthma is not as bad as it used to be and in this last year it has calmed down dramatically. However, today I have had to use the last two puffs on my inhaler (which I hadn't used in a while) and a couple of hours later, needed to use it again. Living 20miles away from home (where my new one is), I had to visit a surgery where in the town where I worked to get one as soon as possible. They were great and supplied me with two after filling in a form. I paid Â£7.20 for this.
Now from my point of view, I needed it before it got worse and have need a nebuliser. If I hadn't had any form of payment on me, im not sure if I could have had them.
For something we depend on, do you feel it should be free on the NHS, just like medication for diabetics?
I would love to hear your views, so hopefully we can maybe start a new campaign and push this view in the UK -to make inhalers free on prescription.