HC Deb 03 June 1986 vol 98 c540W
Mr. Parry

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the prescribed diseases which confer exemption from prescription charges.

Mr. Hayhoe

The following medical conditions are those which confer entitlement to exemption from prescription charges.

  1. (i) a permanent fistula (including caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy or ileostomy) requiring continuous surgical dressing or an appliance;
  2. (ii) one of the following disorders for which specific substitution therapy is essential:
    • Addison's disease and other forms of hypoadrenalism,
    • diabetes insipidus and other forms of hypopituitarasm,
    • diabetes mellitus,
    • hypoparathyroidism,
    • myastenia gravis,
    • myxoedema;
  3. (iii) epilepsy requiring continuous anti-convulsive therapy;
  4. (iv) a continuing physical disability which prevents the patient from leaving his residence without the help of another person.

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