It annoys me that I have to pay for prescriptions. For many chronic health conditions, prescriptions are free. I think we have a pretty good system here: free for the under-19s; for those with, e.g. diabetes or epilepsy; free for older people, the registered unemployed, the minimum-wagers. I’m not going to complain about that. But mental illnesses can be and often are, long-standing and potentially life-threatening conditions, and if cost has to be a consideration in that then I think that’s pretty bad. I realise, compared to the USA or something, 7.85 a pop is pretty cheap. But if, at the bottom of my funds, I am considering not bothering to pick up my next lot then that’s not good, is it? (Luckily, unlike some, I have supportive parents with fifteen quid- two meds- to lend).
I also think it diminishes the seriousness of mental health conditions, the fact that medication can be life-saving, can prevent all manner of problems. I know immediate death is unlikely. I know there are conditions that can have much more acute consequences if left untreated. I wouldn’t compare myself to my little (diabetic) sister; I don’t need meds like she needs insulin. But some people probably do.
That shouldn’t happen, should it?
Maybe I should move back to Scotland…