The Prescription Charges Coalition is a group of 30 organisations campaigning to end unfair prescription charges for people with
"I could not afford the prescribed medication for anxiety so thought I'd try and go without, ended up having panic attacks and losing my job."
‘I have to put my family first before
I can afford my 3 lots of medication
a month. I have 3 young children
‘Last year, I nearly died after a severe asthma attack and I'm worried it will
happen all over again as I just can't
afford to renew my Prepayment
Certificate at the moment.'
‘Rheumatoid arthritis is for life.
A chronic disease with no cure. The
quality of my life is dependent on a cocktail of 10 different drugs. With
them, I can almost live a normal life, without them, I would be a burden
on society needing constant long
term care, at a huge cost
to the state.'
35% of those who paid for each prescription item had not collected
their medicine because of the cost.
Three quarters of this group said
their health got worse as a result.
10% reported that they had been admitted to hospital as a direct consequence of not taking their
medicine as prescribed.
Paying the Price research
Research by Rethink Mental Illness showed that 38% of people with
severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia have had to choose between paying household bills
and paying prescription charges.
Research for Citizens Advice found
that, in 2007, 800,000 people in
England failed to collect a
prescription item because of the