Change to prescription charges
The prescription charge will increase to £7.85 from 1st April 2013 for each quantity of a drug or appliance dispensed. The cost of a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) will remain at £104.00 for an annual certificate and £29.10 for the 3 month prepayment certificate, which is useful for those with a shorter term need for prescription items. To help spread the cost, you can now choose to pay for the 12 month PPC by 10 Direct Debit monthly installments. Ask for Form FP95, ring 0845 850 0030 or visit ww.ppa.org.uk/PPC to buy your PPC.
Prescriptions are free for:
-Children under 16 years of age
-Full-time students aged 16, 17 or 18 who are in full-time education
-Men and women aged 60 years and over
-People getting Income Support (IS) or income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA(IR))
-People getting Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
-People with a partner who gets Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
-People with a valid maternity or medical exemption certificate
-Patients who are undergoing treatment for cancer, the effects of cancer or the effects of cancer teatment.
-War pensioners with a valid exemption certificate (for accepted disablement only)
-People with a current NHS Charge Certificate for full help (Certificate HC2)
-People with a valid Prescription Prepayment Certificate.
-People entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate (or award notice or decision letter showing annual income of £15,276 or less)
-Some prescriptions issued by HMP Service
Please ensure the exemption declaration on the back of the prescription is completed where appropriate. Further information is available on the PSNC website at www.psnc.org.uk
* Compression Hosiery is charged at £15.30 for a pair of anklets, kneecaps or stockings. Some other items may have more than one charge – ask your Pharmacist to explain.
For more information about whether you are entitled to help with health costs ask your pharmacist for leaflet HC11.4/2009
The prescription charge is a contribution to the NHS. It is not a payment to the Pharmacist. It bears no relationship to the cost of the medicine.
Multiple prescription charges may apply where different drug formulations or presentations are prescribed, different types of dressings or appliances (such as elastic hosiery) are supplied. See list attached.
Prescription charge exemptions - expect to be asked for proof of prescription exemption as pharmacy staff has to ask for your proof of exemption status - unless exempt due to an age exemption.
Please take your proof of exemption with you to the pharmacy when you collect your prescription and show to the pharmacy delivery driver if you have your prescription delivered.
Whilst certain drugs used to treat medical exemptions such as Metformin may appear to indicate the patient will be exempt from paying prescription levies, it may be that the prescriber is prescribing the item for another indication (for example a polycystic ovarian condition).
Sometimes the patient has indicated the wrong exemption - by reviewing their evidence this will be clarified and the pharmacy staff can advise the person to correct the mistake.
War pension evidence sometimes states what treatments and conditions are covered and what are not.