As an aged pensioner, I am lucky to have my medications provided free, once costs have reached $390 during the year.
For me that figure is usually achieved in November, and thus I can have the next two batches of prescriptions processed free of charge.
For me personally, I have been able to obtain my last two monthly scripts free, a saving of approximately $80, which I have always appreciated.
Recently, I had surgery and a stay in hospital. For a few weeks, I found walking painful, and having dealt with one pharmacy for the first seven months of this year, I decided to obtain my prescriptions from another, closer, pharmacy.
I knew that the safety net would soon kick in, and asked the assistant for the current total of my prescriptions to date.
IN OTHER NEWS:
When I was told that it was just over $100, alarm bells rang.
I had presumed, incorrectly, that no matter which pharmacy I visited, all records would be linked by computer.
Not so, and I am not blaming the pharmacists, but the point of my letter is to let others know that if they visit different pharmacies, those individual records are not linked.
I know that in the past, when travelling, I have visited many different pharmacies, without thought and I remember one year when the safety net didn't kick in until mid-December.
The pharmacist to whom I spoke, Kylie, was very helpful and she phoned two other pharmacies in Albury for my details, and the good news is, I will receive a refund, as my safety net figure was reached in October.
I wonder how many pensioners are aware of this trap?
Mark Bloomfield, Lavington
A pay increase? Really? C'mon, do it for free
Regarding the 57 per cent pay increase for Australian War Memorial councillors Tony Abbott and Kerry Stokes.
One could be excused for thinking a former prime minister and a billionaire could provide their services pro bono.
Our veterans may then enjoy a few more crumbs.
Terry Martin, Benalla
Comments prove that Riverina member's a 'fossil'
While many of us have family members staying in caravans or cars while their houses are at risk due to the fires to our north in NSW and Queensland, Michael McCormack chooses this delicate time to criticise the very people who have tried to warn him of this possible scenario.
We in the Riverina deserve a better Coalition candidate.
He never listens, often insults and he mocks the work status and education of anyone who criticises him.
He is one fossil that I am sure most Australians would be in favour of exporting to China or India.
Andrew Redgment, Wagga
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