Medical Exemption

I found a letter last night – I was sorting through some mail – from the NHS, which told me that I needed to renew my medical exemption certificate. (Having such a certificate means my prescriptions are redeemable at no further cost to me – I don’t use the word “free” because, of course, I have already paid thousands in taxes.)

But it is interesting. Once upon a time, people either got these subsidised prescriptions or they didn’t. If they tried to get subsidised prescriptions without entitlement, then presumably they are guilty of fraud. But you bring this certificate into the equation, and it becomes central. So not having the certificate becomes the salient point, not someone’s entitlement to the exemption.

I noticed the same thing several years ago, when the photocard portion of my driving license arbitrarily expired – I was still entitled to drive afterwards.

Another weird one was that they told me that I had to fill out a paper form, but I searched and couldn’t find this form online. My particular disability means that I can’t use my writing hand any more, so it is far easier to type something than it is to write. The reason it is “weird” is because, especially with a medical exemption certificate, you’d think it would attract a disproportionate number of disabled applicants. You’d think they, of all people, would have an eye on accessibility.

Author: Stroke Survivor UK

For many years I designed and developed IT systems for big banks. I had a stroke a couple of years ago, aged pre-50! I have returned to developing things from home, not quite at the levels I used to, but saves on the travel! My time is also filled with some voluntary work for the UK charities Age UK and the [UK] Stroke Association. Incidentally, I created this account with the alias "sca11y" but have since aligned it with the name of my blog.

One thought on “Medical Exemption”

  1. On this last point, the NHS confirmed to me that they don't put the form online because it is \”controlled\”. Quite how you control a piece of paper is beyond me. Bear in mind that ultimately this form needs to be signed by a doctor, so you'd think *that's* the point where control comes in. So anyway, I will think about scanning it, typing it, then printing it out for the doctor to countersign.

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