Students shouldn't pay for prescriptions.

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I am petitioning for a change in the cost of prescriptions for students. Why should age limit affect free prescriptions? The current regulation is for ages 16, 17 and 18 and in full time education. However, people that are university students, ages 18 and above should also be included in this exclusion. No matter the age, if you are receiving financial support for your studies, I feel prescriptions should be free as they are not a priority in real life situations for students, meaning people could choose not to get prescriptions if they can't afford them. I am 19, and am in my second year of a five year degree course. Up until now, I have never had to pay for prescriptions, due to my age, however have realised how much of an impact the cost of my prescriptions now will have on me. I have 3 medical prescriptions, two of which are for asthma, which could be potentially life threatening without medication, so therefore there is no way I could risk not getting the medication. Although I am aware it is our own choice to go into further education, we are encouraged to do so, therefore I feel our quality of health should not be punished for this. My average prescription will cost over £25 a time, and I am advised to get this monthly. If I was to do this, this would cost over £300 a year, which would be a large contribution better used towards rent or food for myself for a while.

Therefore, I feel University students should get free prescriptions, no matter their age, as long as they can provide proof of education.

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