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Should free prescriptions only be available to those on benefits?


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Initial post: 16 Mar 2014 14:07:52 GMT
Spin says:
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Posted on 16 Mar 2014 16:11:28 GMT
What makes you think prescription drugs would improve children's health?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2014 16:17:10 GMT
Spin says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2014 17:00:10 GMT
Gomsy is serious...if you think stuffing children full of pharma's noxious compounds would improve their health, you need to do some research.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2014 17:03:20 GMT
Spin says:
Goms; I see. It is you who us misunderstanding me. If you wish to argue that I advocate stuffing kids full of pills, go ahead. My point concerns free healthcare to children.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2014 17:10:44 GMT
no...--you are arguing for free drugs...free 'illness' care....not health care....health is not illness....please think.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2014 17:14:38 GMT
Spin says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2014 17:15:55 GMT
Which drugs are you talking about?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2014 17:22:22 GMT
Spin says:
Goms; ANY drugs, medicine or treatment that alleviates the suffering of children with disabilities, diseases or mental illnesses. The physical and mental welfare of our youth should be paramount and use of medical and healthcare services for all children under 18, regardless of their parents income, free at point of contact.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2014 18:50:11 GMT
....oh yus.....fill the pockets of the capitalist drug lords..-.great!

Posted on 16 Mar 2014 19:45:09 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2014 20:02:16 GMT
That would make a good video game: Gomsy the Gnome Vs the evil Capitalist Drug Lords

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2014 20:28:14 GMT
Excellent..entertaining and very educational....awaken the sheep to reality eh Teddy?

Posted on 16 Mar 2014 21:04:39 GMT
Sky Living, Obese:A Year to save My Life, on now. Is this what the NHS should be doing?

Posted on 17 Mar 2014 22:01:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Mar 2014 20:15:14 GMT
At present 88% of NHS prescriptions in England are free; including all for children under 16 and children under 19 in full time education. I suspect making the remaining 12% free would actually cost little or even nothing as there would be huge savings in administration.

Until recently Glasgow City Council offered free fruit to all school children - it would be great to see more free fruit, vegetables, gymn memberships, sports sessions, etc. Keeping fit and eating well is often time-consuming and expensive; we would save a fortune if we made the effort to stop it being so.

People who think eating well and keeping fit (along with a few vitamin supplements and homeopathic remedies) will protect you from cancer or most contagious diseases are welcome to turn down the free prescriptions (there is an NHS homeopathic hospital in Glasgow, so you can also get free placebo if you prefer).

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2014 22:06:21 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 18 Mar 2014 06:29:28 GMT
Cancer is a Preventable Disease that Requires Major Lifestyle Changes

Preetha Anand, Ajaikumar B. Kunnumakara, Chitra Sundaram, Kuzhuvelil B. Harikumar, Sheeja T. Tharakan, Oiki S. Lai, Bokyung Sung, and Bharat B. Aggarwal

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Abstract

This year, more than 1 million Americans and more than 10 million people worldwide are expected to be diagnosed with cancer, a disease commonly believed to be preventable. Only 5-10% of all cancer cases can be attributed to genetic defects, whereas the remaining 90-95% have their roots in the environment and lifestyle. The lifestyle factors include cigarette smoking, diet (fried foods, red meat), alcohol, sun exposure, environmental pollutants, infections, stress, obesity, and physical inactivity. The evidence indicates that of all cancer-related deaths, almost 25-30% are due to tobacco, as many as 30-35% are linked to diet, about 15-20% are due to infections, and the remaining percentage are due to other factors like radiation, stress, physical activity, environmental pollutants etc. Therefore, cancer prevention requires smoking cessation, increased ingestion of fruits and vegetables, moderate use of alcohol, caloric restriction, exercise, avoidance of direct exposure to sunlight, minimal meat consumption, use of whole grains, use of vaccinations, and regular check-ups. In this review, we present evidence that inflammation is the link between the agents/factors that cause cancer and the agents that prevent it. In addition, we provide evidence that cancer is a preventable disease that requires major lifestyle changes.

Key Words: cancer, environmental risk factors, genetic risk factors, prevention

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2014 20:20:47 GMT
Yes - there are risk factors associated with some diseases (such as many cancers and heart disease) and many of those risk factors are modifiable, so you can reduce your chances of suffering some forms or cancer or heart disease.

However, to dismiss cancer as "preventable" gives the impression that a better lifestyle will "prevent" it. It won't - it'll just reduce your risk. Blaming the sick for their illness is unhelpful.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2014 21:07:11 GMT
Well said the Gomsless One. Many cancers are 'life style' related. A no junk food low meat, low sugar and low refined carbs diet, rich in veg, pulses and fruit, no ciggies, low booze and drugs intake, an 'active life style', cut out the sexual promiscuity and careful on the UV exposure for those with little melanin in their skin and loads of cancers wouldn't happen...simplze.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2014 21:13:44 GMT
Oh dearie me, as the Gomless says. Keeping fit is NOT expensive or time consuming. Don't make excuses for the lazy herd. Eating healthy is NOT time consuming or expensive. The so called poor slob out on KFC buckets and 15" pizzas at £15 a pop, I feed a family of four and a dog on less than that.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2014 21:21:13 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2014 21:53:31 GMT
AJ Murray says:
-"That would make a good video game: Gomsy the Gnome Vs the evil Capitalist Drug Lords"

Doesn't Gomsy own a shop selling herbal remedies?

So it's really a case of evil Capitalist Drug Lords vs evil Capitalist Pseudo-drug Lord.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2014 00:29:46 GMT
"now then, back in the day they had no junk food and always found time to cook and kept slim through hard graft."

...and nobody ever got cancer or died of heart disease? Engage your own brain you judgemental ****.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2014 08:31:24 BDT
Ooooooooooooooooooooooooh!

Calm down dearie, I didn't claim all cancer is lifestyle related, but that a lot of it is:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515569/

Posted on 30 Mar 2014 19:18:42 BDT
Charlieost says:
In Ireland there are health cards for those on benefits/low income/pensioners/children. There are private health insurance companies for those who can afford them. Prescriptions were free until the recent financial screw up but now cost two euro fifty cents each. There is a ceiling on the amount payable per month for those on a lot of pills and potions but since I rarely go to the docs or get scripts I have no idea how much it is.

Seems to work as well as any other system and better than some.
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