I have moved this away from the petition thread because I don't think that should be clogged up with this. I know we have discussed this before but I am not in favour of asthmatics automatically getting free prescriptions. My son is working he does not earn a huge amount but he knew he has put aside the money for his inhalers, when I was working I never had a problem having to pay for mine. I do however think there is a group who should get free prescriptions and that is those who are steriod dependent. I know this seems harsh but there are pre-payment certificates and other things for those who are working which make a lot of sense. I never begrudged handing over the cash for my inhalers even when I was not earning silly money. My son has just done his 1st pre-payment certificated (after mucho nagging by me, I thought he did it eons ago) there is help for those on a low income. The NHS has to draw the line somewhere, and before we know it everyone who is handed an inhaler just in case it is asthma will be getting all their scripts free.
The other day I must have eaten something out of date or something cos I could not keep anything down, I called my GP who told me come and have an injection in the hope I would be able to keep the little red darlings down as not taking your steriods will not just result in your chest throwing a wobble an addisons crisis which I am told is life threatening, which is why I firmly believe that steriod dependent people should get free prescriptions, they are the people at the worse end of asthma they may well be working but should never have to choose between their inhalers and their steroids cos you know which will win, they also need quite a lot of medication to counter the effects of the steriods meaning their script list tends to be huge!
I know this will be controversial but a line must be drawn and for me the obvious one is steriod dependency it is an clear one that GPs can easily see it and ""prove"".