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Ritaratbag
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Jun 26th, 2012 at 2:16pm
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I was charged for prescriptions today.
Has anyone else been charged? 
I read an article recently, saying that as pensioners, and being part of the E.U. we would not be charged here!
  
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Reply #1 - Jun 26th, 2012 at 3:14pm
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Ritaratbag wrote on Jun 26th, 2012 at 2:16pm:
I was charged for prescriptions today.
Has anyone else been charged? 
I read an article recently, saying that as pensioners, and being part of the E.U. we would not be charged here!

hi rita,same problem here roy had to pay for his 2nd prescription for his eye drops but not for the first lot two weeks earlier  Roll Eyes a bit daft dont you think? zero the first time 16 euros the 2nd time .
  
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Reply #2 - Jun 26th, 2012 at 4:08pm
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Hi Rita & Nen,
I think this is a new charge recently brought in by the Spanish Government.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9214928/Spain-tells-pensioner...

I have also heard that maybe the Catalan Government already have or will be applying an extra charge here. 
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Reply #3 - Jun 27th, 2012 at 6:41pm
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I've been informed from August everyone will have to contribute towards prescriptions - but the amount varies and pensioners will pay but not as much as non-pensioners - irrespective of whether you are from the EU or Spanish and we may have to pay a portion towards CatSalut like before.

Also if you look a the bottom of your computerised prescription it gives a total cost of your medicines.

Similar as in Jesùs hospital as an in-patient you have to pay towards your accommodation and care as it is not fully funded by the government.

Signs of the times - not enough money in the healthcare pot! Shocked Shocked
  
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Reply #4 - Jun 27th, 2012 at 6:49pm
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I had to pay today 1 euro per item
  

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Reply #5 - Jun 27th, 2012 at 10:12pm
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As our medication is aupposedly paid for in full by the British government does this mean that they will be charged 1€ per prescription less by Spain, and if so can I claim that euro back from Britian ?
Daft question as I already know the answer - Spain will be making 1 euro over the odds on each of our prescriptions !!
  
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Reply #6 - Jun 28th, 2012 at 10:21am
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1 euro is a little different from 16 euros must have charged us the full amount for the 2 bottles of eye drops and it was a prescription from the hospital  Roll Eyes
  
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Reply #7 - Jun 28th, 2012 at 11:07am
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Nen, I think they gave you a green prescription at the hospital. if you are retirement age, red prescriptions are issued.
They mistakenly issued me a green one in Mora hospital last week, and when i pointed out that i was a pensioner, they quickly changed it for a red one. had we taken the green  1 to the chemists, they would have charged me full rate. hope this helps explain they system.
  
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Reply #8 - Jun 28th, 2012 at 1:15pm
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Now it seems that over 400 types of medication, normally available on prescription, will have to be paid for in full, with no discount available!
  
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Reply #9 - Jun 28th, 2012 at 1:31pm
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Ritaratbag wrote on Jun 28th, 2012 at 1:15pm:
Now it seems that over 400 types of medication, normally available on prescription, will have to be paid for in full, with no discount available!

hi rita x
lets hope we dont need prescriptions to often then if thats the case xxxx hope you are ok
  
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Reply #10 - Jun 28th, 2012 at 6:22pm
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Ritaratbag wrote on Jun 28th, 2012 at 1:15pm:
Now it seems that over 400 types of medication, normally available on prescription, will have to be paid for in full, with no discount available!

Hi,
Upon going to our farmcia for my repeat prescription we were informed that certain items were no longer free of charge but to return to our doctors who would issue a new prescription form which would replace the item now being charged for with a similar item which would again be free and this is what happened. Hope this is some help to all.
  
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Reply #11 - Jun 29th, 2012 at 6:25pm
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One for the linguists here.
http://www.typicallyspanish.com/docs/1808.pdf

or
http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_35121.shtml

So please don't get piles or develop a cough...
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Reply #12 - Jun 29th, 2012 at 9:50pm
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A very good friend of mine is a registered pharmacist here in Catalunya. She advises anyone on prescription medicine who notices a rise in the charge of regular prescriptions to ask for the generic name of the drug, instead of brand names.

It´s kind of like buying the blue and white striped label in Tescos as opposed to brand names.

But lets not get all upset about this, just remember how much 1 item on prescription is in the UK!!!!!!!!!

Also how much have most people paid into the ´´Spanish pot´´ to deserve this cheap medical service.

I´m sure that I will get some sarcastic replies from certain memebrs of the forum, but it´s true, and probably the same ones who complain about running the NHS into the ground in the UK by ´´immigrants´´ .........lol
  
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Reply #13 - Jun 30th, 2012 at 11:06am
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Thank you for the info.

I know from last year that any imported dementia (not for me personally, I may add) related medicines had to go the Concierge (spelling¿?) of Neurology in Barcelona for finance approval. Now the hospitals have been asked to try and use local products.
Well everything "local" here seems to be olive oil, almond, citrus or aloe vera based- so it will be interesting to see what is prescribed next time.

We wait on baited breath! Shocked
  
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Reply #14 - Jun 30th, 2012 at 11:22am
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Good to hear that local pharmacists are helping to reduce the affect of the new charges for sick folks,i do remember that was the case in the UK when prescription charges were first introduced.I also remember that the UK charges were initially set at around 20p per item in those days,that seems a very long time ago, now that they are paying around 7 pounds for a prescription!  How long will it take for Spainish  prescriptions to get to around the 7 Euros mark?    Roll Eyes
  
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