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To mark Talk Money, Talk Pensions Week, Content Developer Azmina suggests ways of managing your finances when living with cancer.Talk Money, Talk Pensions Week takes place from 18 to 22 November 2019. It is an annual event intended to get more people talking about their money and pensions, and to make the most of them.
The cost of cancerLiving with cancer can have a big impact on your finances. You may earn less if you need to stop working or reduce your hours. At the same time, you may spend more on everyday costs like heating, child care or travelling to medical appointments.
For this reason, planning and managing your day-to-day finances can become more important when you have cancer.
Tips to make money one less worryHere are some tips for managing your money and pensions:
When Cath was diagnosed with bowel cancer and had money worries, Macmillan gave her pension guidance. She explains:
In England, prescriptions are free for anything related to cancer or its effects. You need to apply for a medical exemption certificate. If you are not having cancer-related treatment, you can get help to pay for prescriptions in some situations. In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, prescriptions are free for everyone.
Further informationFor more information on managing your money and pensions, you can order free booklets from Macmillan’s financial guidance series at be.macmillan.org.uk
You can also use our Directory of Information Materials for People Affected by Cancer. It has details of over 1,900 booklets, leaflets, books and audiovisual materials for people affected by cancer. It is regularly updated and you can use it to search for our resources and those from other organisations.
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Just wanted to check the details about free prescriptions. I was told you don’t get them for having cancer. You only get them if you’re having treatment for it or if you have been left needing medication due to past treatment.
Dear mummyb, Thank you very much for your comment on our blog about pensions and finances. You are absolutely right in spotting that in England, prescriptions are free for anything related to cancer or its effects, and we will amend the blog to make that clearer. With kind wishes, Azmina
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