My son DID have to pay for his perscriptions. Unlike Chloe he wasn't on full pay but pays into a sickness fund at work.This took him to just above the amount the government states is enough to live on. Going on benefits was not an option to do this he would have had to give up his job and with a wife and two little ones this was not possible. Had recently changed his mortgage so insurance hadn't been running long enough to cover his payments. Luckily his building society let him take a years mortgage break. So I agree with Hagg, about time, because there are a lot of cancer patients who have to pay for perscriptions.