There are disturbing claims today many Hunter families are going without medication as they struggle to pay the rising cost of prescriptions.

It’s repprted patients with chronic illnesses are paying up to $145.00 a month for their medication, while scripts for pensioners and concession card holders have increased from $5.90 to $8.00.

Health and welfare groups say the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Safety Net is a constantly moving goalpost and more needs to be done to keep prices down.