People with asthma shouldn't be forced to pay for the prescriptions they need to stay healthy and well.
Why are we campaigning?
- People with asthma often need to take several medicines regularly to stay well. We think it's unfair that these people have to pay for their prescriptions when people with other conditions don't. We need an urgent review of this outdated system.
What are we campaigning for?
- Asthma UK is campaigning for an end to prescription charges for everyone with a long-term condition as part of the Prescription Charges Coalition.
- If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you don't have to pay prescription charges. But recent governments have sadly failed to extend free prescriptions to people with long-term conditions in England – leaving people with asthma continuing to pay.
- Until prescription charges are ended, we want the government to raise awareness of schemes such as the Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPC). PPCs are effectively prescription 'season tickets' which save money for patients who are regularly prescribed a number of prescription items.