Following on from some posts in Izzy's thread about this scheme which allows people who don't pay prescription charges to obtain a range of medications free from pharmacists I had a look at what is in it for the NHS and found these rather eye watering statistics which I thought might be of interest. The estimate comes from an analysis of research findings, released by the RPS on 19 October 2014. These suggest that the cost of treating a patient for a minor ailment, such as a cough or sore throat, is £29.30 in a community pharmacy but nearly five times higher (£147.09) in a hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department and nearly three times higher (£82.34) if the same patient is seen by a GP. http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.c...heme-could-help-save-nhs-1bn/20066912.article Somebody getting free Imodium under this scheme would appear to cost the NHS £29.30 but that is less than £82.50 via the GP or £147.09 via A&E. Not all pharmacists participate in the scheme and aliments covered may change according to the CCG involved. For reference the ailments covered by my CCG are:- • athletes foot • constipation • cough • cystitis • diarrhoea • earache • fever • hay fever/allergic rhinitis/allergies • head lice • indigestion • insect bites/stings • mouth ulcers • sore throat • sprains/strains • teething • threadworm • upper respiratory tract infection • vaginal thrush • verrucas • warts You can only view the above article a limited number of times unless you subscribe or clear your cookies. If using Chrome just go incognito. Admn/mods feel free to move if not in correct sub forum, I thought it was of wider interest than members only tea room.