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The NHS and Glaucoma prescriptions

01 January 1970, 1:00 AM › Go to Reply Form
cjackson
Joined: 01/01/2011
Posts: 1
I work for a company for 9 years paying my tax and national insurance, I am made redundant and my redundancy package is paid. I start looking for work but in the mean time I claim job seekers allowance and received a letter stating that I was entitled and can claim job seekers allowance.

Being on benefits years ago I know that I can claim help with dental treatment, eye tests and glasses. As my eyes have been deteriorating for some time I go to the optician with my letter stating I am claiming job seekers allowance, I have the free eye test.

The optician tells me I need reading glasses and I need to see a specialist because there is a distinct possibility I have Glaucoma, the test for pressure was extremely high at 33 in each eye and an appointment is made.

2 weeks pass and I receive a letter from the Lincolnshire NHS shared services requesting payment of £156.46. £26.20 for an eye test, £36.20 for a voucher and £100 penalty because I fraudulently claimed for these and was not entitled to it.

On checking into this matter I find out that there are two types of job seekers allowance, one is contributions based, the other income based and both are paid at the same rate of £64.20 a week. The letter for the job centre does not state this.

So I pay my national insurance and tax, lose my job, get put on contributions based job seekers allowance and I am not entitled to free eye tests or vouchers. A person coming to my country pays no national insurance or tax, has no job and is put on income based job seekers allowance or income support and is allowed to claim for free eye tests and vouchers. I am paying for his free eye test that I cannot get!

Not only is this shocking but think about this. If I refuse to pay the bill to the NHS, the NHS takes me to court with the money I paid via my national insurance contributions as this is a civil case, The NHS wins the case, I still refuse to pay and I am finally imprisoned.

In prison I get free electricity, free gas, free hot water, free room, free meals, free training and you guessed it, I get my free eye test and glasses voucher!.

Now what really is ironic is that the results of the Ophthalmic tests on my eyes are that the pressure which causes glaucoma is in my case very high at 33. The gentleman performing the tests says that although I do not yet have glaucoma I must start using eye drops every day for the rest of my life. I was told that I will eventually develop the condition, starting the eye drops now will make a huge difference to any damage caused in the future.

Ok, good, I don't have glaucoma, I do have high pressure in my eyes that needs to be treated with eye drops. I have a prescription that I need to take to the chemist. Hang on a minute, to clam free prescriptions I need to be on income based job seekers allowance, I am on contributions based job seekers allowance and don't qualify. If I had glaucoma I would qualify for free prescriptions! This is going to cost me £7.20 every month, on job seekers allowance I live on £9.17 a day, maybe I should wait a bit until I go just a bit blind so I can get free prescriptions. What an absolute disgrace !
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pauldunstan
Joined: 01/01/2011
Posts: 1
Try claiming free prescriptions on the basis of a low income. It may work and you may be able to persuade the health service that as your current circumstances are unchanged from the date of the original claim.
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janmanzer411
Joined: 01/01/2011
Posts: 1
Originally posted by: pauldunstan

Try claiming free prescriptions on the basis of a low income. It may work and you may be able to persuade the health service that as your current circumstances are unchanged from the date of the original claim.


Yes, I concur and feel that should work for you. If not, try to ask a second opinion about your health and the free prescriptions.
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janmanzer411
Joined: 01/01/2011
Posts: 1
Yes, I concur and feel that should work. If not, try to ask for a second opinion about your case.
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pauldunstan
Joined: 01/01/2011
Posts: 1
It may also be worth checking that you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to. Most local authorities can help you do this. Th provision of free prescriptions for people with chronic conditions is a nightmare. I got all mine free for 5 years because my diabetes needed pills. After making lifestyle changes and working hard, I no longer need diabetes meds and hence have been told I must pay for all my prescriptions again. We'll all have to move to Scotland.

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