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A fairer prescription charge

From Dr Michael Barrie, Kingston upon Thames

I agree with Dr Dawood in respect to the inequality of allowing those on thyroxine free prescriptions compared with those patients with, say, heart failure who must pay (Letters, 8 March).

But I would go one step further: why should anyone be given free medication? It is an unjust system that allows children, pregnant women and the elderly free prescriptions while simultaneously charging everyone else.

There are many, many more items prescribed to children and the elderly compared with those of ages in between. It would be fairer if everyone paid, say, 50 pence. In the vast majority of instances this paltry sum would be an absolute bargain compared with the true cost of the drug.

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