Post by abelard
On Thu, 6 Dec 2018 20:39:05 +0000, Ian Jackson
Post by Ian Jackson Post by Ian Jackson Post by Incubus
Can anyone explain the following discrepancy?
NHS prescription price: £8.80.
Private prescription price: £0.08.
Pah! Move to Scotland. It is all 'free'!
So you don't pay for private health treatment? I have occasionally had
to, and I have to tell you it's bloody expensive!
Yes I have!!! Well not for me, but the company I worked for.
And Yes, it was bloody expensive, but here, if you are you are getting NHS
treatment .. free!
But you do realise, Scotland is being subsidised heavily by Westminster ..
In case you were wondering, no, I am not Scottish! I came up here many
years ago with work.
O a proud Yorkshire lass!!!
But if private medicine IS bloody expensive, how does a private
prescription only cost 8p.
because a pack of three aspirins is 8p
Up to a maximum of 32, you can simply buy up to 32 aspirins over the
counter (usually 2 300mg packets of 16). They don't need either a
private or an NHS prescription. I've never seen a 3-pack on sale. [The
only packets of 3 I ever see are for something quite different, and I'm
not sure how effective they are at curing headaches.] Packs of 16 cost
If you actually DID get 3 aspirins on prescription, and present it at a
pharmacist, he would probably have had to open a packet, and tear a
strip of three pills out of the foil (and sniggering with the other
staff, saying "We've got a right one here!").
I'm not sure what happens if you get them on prescription (when you can
get more than 32). I recently got a prescription for 100 paracetamol
(similar restrictions and about 50p for 16). These days, my NHS
prescriptions are free, but if I could have actually bought them, they
would have cost me just over £3. As a prescription, they would have cost
me £8.80. Although this seems iniquitous, I guess what you're mostly
paying for is the authorisation rather than the cost of the drugs. Also,
as the material cost of many prescriptions is more than £8.80, I suppose
it's a case of swings and roundabouts.