Ending prescription charges for people with Crohn’s and Colitis

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Crohn’s & Colitis UK campaign for everyone with Crohn's or Colitis and other long-term conditions to be exempt (or continue to be exempt) from prescription charges wherever they live in the UK.

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We know that prescription charges are a barrier to people with Crohn’s and Colitis collecting and taking the medicines they need to keep well.  This can lead to worsening health and affect people’s ability to work. As a member of the Prescription Charges Coalition, we campaign for everyone with Crohn's or Colitis and other long-term conditions to be exempt from prescription charges across the UK.  

I had to go without medication due to the need to pay for food and rent cost. I ended up in hospital, all because money was tight.

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Charges in England

At the moment, most people with IBD in England who work, have to pay for their medicines. This is because the exempt list of conditions which qualifies for free prescriptions is limited, unfair and out of date. Prescriptions are currently free of charge in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

As part of the Prescription Charges Coalition, we’re campaigning for all people with long-term conditions to receive free prescriptions in England. 

Research published in May 2018 by the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC) found that scrapping prescription charges for people with two long-term conditions - Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis) and Parkinson’s - would save the NHS over £20 million a year. 

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We know it can be difficult to live with, or support someone living with these conditions. But you’re not alone. We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information and can support you to live well with Crohn’s or Colitis.

Our helpline team can help by:

  • Providing information about Crohn’s and Colitis.

  • Listening and talking through your situation.

  • Helping you to find support from others in the Crohn’s and Colitis community.

  • Signposting you to specialist organisations.

Please be aware we’re not medically or legally trained. We cannot provide detailed financial or benefits advice or specialist emotional support.

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