Prescription Prices

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UK Prescription Prices

From 1 April 2009, NHS prescriptions are priced £7.20 per item
A three month Pre payment Certificate is priced at £28.25
A twelve month Prepayment Certificate is priced at £104.00

If you live in Wales Prescription costs are now free and in Scotland they are due to be phased out by 2011 and in preparation charges have dropped to a cost of £5 per item. It is also possible that charges will be phased out in Northern Ireland too but nothing as yet has been confirmed.

Prescription Exemptions

Exemptions and help with NHS costs are awarded on the basis of age and ability to pay. Exemptions include pregnant women, under 16’s and over 60’s.

To qualify for help on a low income, call 0845 610 1112 and ask for form HC1. Help is available for the following NHS charges:

  • prescriptions
  • dental treatment
  • wigs
  • Eye tests, spectacles and contact lenses
  • Travel for treatment under an NHS consultant

From 1 May 2008, people with savings of more than £16,000 are not entitled to help with prescription costs (£22,250 if that person resides in a care home).

From 1 April 2009, all cancer patients will be exempt from prescription charges.

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Updated on 21st April, 2009

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