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Free prescriptions and free dental care as type 2 diabetic?

brenda1970 Community member Posts: 7 Listener
edited April 2023 in Work and employment
hiya all on scope i am just wondering if i am type 2 diebetic  will i be entitled to free prescriptions and also 
free dental care,  baring in  mind i am in full time employment .? thankyou in advance.


  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    You maybe entitled to a medical exemption certificate for free prescription if you are insulin dependant if not then no and being diabetic doesn't entitle you to free dental treatment 

    You can read all about it on NHS website 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 55,990 Disability Gamechanger
    For dental treatment you can also look at the NHS low income scheme here.
    If you're not automatically entitled to free prescriptions then this can also be covered with the Low income scheme. If not then there's the NHS prepayment certificate, details here

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • JessieJ
    JessieJ Community member Posts: 516 Pioneering
    If you take diabetes meds, for example, Metformin, then you do come under medical exemption for prescriptions. Not free dentistry though.
  • JessieJ
    JessieJ Community member Posts: 516 Pioneering
    No editting available.
    I should have added, you need to apply for an exemption cert.
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,983 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2023
    Just to add to this @brenda1970, if you are exempt from prescriptions due to your medical conditions and prescription types, this is not affected by your work. 

    I am in full-time employment but eligible for free NHS prescriptions, for at least 5 years, because I have hypothyroidism and I am prescribed levothyroxine.

    My wage isn't taken into account for this. I hope this is at least semi-helpful but please don't hesitate to let us know if we can do anything to support you further  :)
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