Diabetics and people with other life threatening conditions receive free presciptions. Asthma is life threatening, and people die from asthma attacks. Astmatics should be treated in the same catagory as diabetics, and be given free medical prescriptions.
Why does this idea matter?
- There were 1,204 deaths from asthma in the UK in 2008 (29 were children aged 14 years or under).
- On average, 3 people per day or 1 person every 7 hours dies from asthma.
- An estimated 75% of hospital admissions for asthma are avoidable and as many as 90% of the deaths from asthma are preventable.