Contrary to popular belief most people with long-term chronic conditions are not exempt from prescription charges, unless they qualify on the grounds of age or low income. It is not unusual for a person with chronic arthritis to need a monthly prescription of six to eight items, so an increase of 15p per item adds up to an increase of pounds 1.05. It does of course make sense to obtain a pre-payment certificate - that's of course if you know they exist, and you have a spare pounds 30 (four monthly) or pounds 80 for a 12-month certificate.
At a time when many people with arthritis are their disability living allowance reduced or removed, the price of pain is certainly increasing.
Director of Policy, Arthritis Care