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Checkers


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02/04/2011 13:27

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Hello

Would anyone know if the prescription charges and over the counter medicine in southern Cyprus would be more or less the same as in UK? As they are in Europe, am I right in thinking they would be the same?

Thank you very much for any & all your replies.

Kind Regards.



Struben


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02/04/2011 16:39

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I am not sure about Prescription Charges. We recently saw a Specialist in the South who prescribed a certain drug which cost 37.40 Euros and the same one bought here last month was 24.31 tl. - just checked the boxes.



Our Doctor here in the North charges 30tl for a Prescription if the medication cannot be purchased over the counter, plus a 70 tl Consultation fee!! Sorry, more than that I can't tell you.



Hope you get some suitable answers.



Brinsley


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02/04/2011 19:38

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Msg 1

I do not understand your question, prescription charges are free in Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland but England have just put up their charges to 7.40, so what on earth has Europe got to do with what different Countries charge?

Some drugs which need a prescription in the UK do not need one in the TRNC and can be bought across the pharmacy counter.



Richard



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02/04/2011 20:48

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Msg 1 &3,





Brinsley is quite right . There is no such a thing as European prescription charges.



Each European country operates its own system: most of them are based on health insurance which has various level of coverage, e.g. in Germany about 80% of the cost the prescription medication is covered by the state, some prescription medicines are free , but you have to pay a fee for doctor's consultation.

Almost in all European countries most of prescription medications are reimbursable.



nurseawful



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http://www.nelm.nhs.uk/en/NeLM-Area/News/2011---April/01/Prescription-charges-abolished-in-Scotland/



Message 3 I think you will find this interesting!



Chris



Brinsley


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02/04/2011 21:17

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Chris

What I cannot understand is if a person is given a prescription say, in Bristol, what is there to stop the recipient crossing over the 'border' to Wales and take the pills for free? The same applies to those that live in close proximity to Scotland.



Richard



Cyprusquest


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02/04/2011 21:38

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Richard a valid point. Possibly down to where it was issued? As good as she is I doubt if Chris has the answer on this one.



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02/04/2011 21:40

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Re: Msg 6,



Brinsley, my understanding is that to buy them free they have to be also prescribed in Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland respectively.



nurseawful



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My point was that 9 out of 10 prescriptions in England are free anyway, so maybe just the rich are paying!



Message 7 Until you elect me as the next female Prime Minister of the UK I wouldn't have the answers, but thanks for the compliment anyway. lol.



Chris



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03/04/2011 07:56

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The system in the south is not as in UK. Most people get prescriptions from docs. that they have seen in the hospitals and those prescriptions are dealt with by the hospital pharmacy. They are normally free. If you take a prescription to a private pharmacy, you will pay the over the counter price. In my experience, almost all pharmaceuticals are cheaper in the TRNC than in the south.



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03/04/2011 08:20

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My husband sees a doc in the south, he pays a consultation fee and tern pays over the counter for any drugs that he needs.



There does not seem to any such thing as a prescription as you would get in the England, it seems that you can buy most medication over the counter



Most of these drugs are cheaper in the North but some are cheaper in the south, you just need to do a little shopping around.



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