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9y, 9m agoFound 9 years, 9 months ago
I did a search and couldn't find reference to this so apologies if it has been posted before. In any event this might be a useful reminder to those not aware. I read about this service some time ago on MSE.

If you are paying for more than one prescription per month then you can save money by purchasing an NHS Prepayment Certificate (PPC). A 4 month PPC is £34.65 and a 12 month PPC £95.30. You won't save money if you only have to buy one prescription per month at £6.65 but if you have to buy two or more prescriptions every month then this can be quite a saver. For instance my two prescriptions per month would cost £159.60 per annum and so buying a 12 month PPC saved me £64.30 - not to be sneezed at (pun intended) if you're not in the free-prescription category.

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#1
for even greater savings move to Wales...free prescriptions.
#2
Good post - voted hot!
banned#3
this could save people some people who need money the most alot of money - sorry to paint a cliche, but if we spread the word people this could really help... I am email this to chemist friends now...

anyone know if people in the public aware of this one?
#4
I have seen the advertised in my local chemist. Not 100% if it's this company.

But as i live in Wales i getting it free soon anyway
#5
As a pharmacist if i see regular patients bringing in a large number of items i always mention the ppc, its really easy to but, just phone them and give them credit card details.
#6
currychops
for even greater savings move to Wales...free prescriptions.

Okay then - problem is I would need someone to pay the solicitors fees, the estage agents' commissions, etc. etc. That might wipe out a few years PPC savings!! However, if someone is willing to pay that for me then Pembrokeshire or around Abergavenny would suit fine.

Didn't realise the Assembly had given you free prescriptions - good on them.
#7
MANJ_007
As a pharmacist if i see regular patients bringing in a large number of items i always mention the ppc, its really easy to but, just phone them and give them credit card details.

Good for you. Unfortunately, I think most of the public is never made aware of this feature - my pharmacist, whilst being very good, never did and it was MSE that put me on to it.
#8
or you can just have a baby then its free !"!!
#9
Pugwash
Okay then - problem is I would need someone to pay the solicitors fees, the estage agents' commissions, etc. etc. That might wipe out a few years PPC savings!! However, if someone is willing to pay that for me then Pembrokeshire or around Abergavenny would suit fine.

Didn't realise the Assembly had given you free prescriptions - good on them.


a waste of money I'd say...as is the Welsh Assembly.
#10
Do this regularily. I just buy the 4 monthly one at the chemists.
#11
Voted hot, nice find pugwash
#12
Quick question, as it's not clear, is there a maximum amount of perscriptions that you can get???
#13
great post, i personally think medicines should be free to everyone, especially those who need regular prescriptions, diabetics get free subs so why shouldnt asthmatics? and those with hypertention ect?
#14
hana21
or you can just have a baby then its free !"!!

Or just join the massed ranks of the unemployed (as long as you have no money to speak of to boot) .:roll:
#15
loupomm
great post, i personally think medicines should be free to everyone, especially those who need regular prescriptions, diabetics get free subs so why shouldnt asthmatics? atahose with hypertention ect?


NHS costs are easily 2-5x more than they were 20years ago because of greedy pharmicuticals, varying treatments more extensive treatments, better NHS systems etc.

NHS will just not be around in 20-30years in it's current form due to massively increasing costs and can't be supported unless our system starts to match the likes of France/Sweden/Norway etc where it is easily 50%, but such taxes would drive business out of the UK making us poorer...

Invest in those pensions so you can afford the private health costs in your old age is what I suggest unfortunately.
#16
Do you also qualify for free prescriptions if you claim child tax credit?
#17
As somebody who works in the NHS I thought most people on numerous meds would know this. Remember there are also other ways to get free prescriptions.

1.Under 16
2. 16,17,18 and a student
3. 60 years or over
4. Maternity
5. War pension
6. On income support
7. Jobseekers
8. Tax credit exemption cert
9 HC2 charges cert

Also if you have epilepsy,hypothyroidism or insulin dep diabetes you qulaify for free scripts.

I believe certain other groups should qualify too, such as asthmatics and cancer/terminal patients. Seems really mean to charge somebody who is dying, or suffering from a chronic disease that requires lifelong medication.

Another useful tip is that pharmacists are now able to prescribe certain drugs themselves, without the need to see a GP for numerous simple medical complaints.
#18
currychops
Do you also qualify for free prescriptions if you claim child tax credit?


think it depends on the rate you get, or it used to when i claimed it (a while back)
#19
I get four prescriptions a month and have had the prepayment cert. for 2 years now. It's saved me an absolute fortune!
#20
NatD
Quick question, as it's not clear, is there a maximum amount of perscriptions that you can get???



I have been getting these for years, usually the 4 monthly ones, and you can get them when it suits you as well, so for arguments sake when the 4 month one is about to run out, i use it to get another 4 months worth of meds so therefore i only ever get a PPC for 8 months of the year.

But usually when I go get a prescription through one thing or another i have about 8 or 9 items on my prescription at any one time so i save a bloomin fortune :)
#21
As an aside on this,i have a repeat presciption for cholestrol reducing pills.My doctor gives me a script for 3 month supply.My sister who is at the same practice and has the same treatment is only given 1 month supply.No matter how much she tries they will not give her more than 1 month.They say it is all they are allowed to give.But my case contradicts this.She doesn't want to say ''what about my brother'', in case they stop mine.Anybody know what the rule is here or if indeed there is a rule.:?
Sorry to thread hijack.:)
#22
bazr
As an aside on this,i have a repeat presciption for cholestrol reducing pills.My doctor gives me a script for 3 month supply.My sister who is at the same practice and has the same treatment is only given 1 month supply.No matter how much she tries they will not give her more than 1 month.They say it is all they are allowed to give.But my case contradicts this.She doesn't want to say ''what about my brother'', in case they stop mine.Anybody know what the rule is here or if indeed there is a rule.:?
Sorry to thread hijack.:)


have you been taking them longer? maybe they want to monitor you sister a bit more closely? naughty tho if not
#23
NatD
Quick question, as it's not clear, is there a maximum amount of perscriptions that you can get???


The certificate allows you to get any number of NHS items so if you fall ill and need an extra 8 items over the lifetime of the certificate it is covered. Doesnt just cover regular prescriptions, also covers antibiotics, pain relief etc. Also covers NHS dental prescriptions.
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bazr
As an aside on this,i have a repeat presciption for cholestrol reducing pills.My doctor gives me a script for 3 month supply.My sister who is at the same practice and has the same treatment is only given 1 month supply.No matter how much she tries they will not give her more than 1 month.They say it is all they are allowed to give.But my case contradicts this.She doesn't want to say ''what about my brother'', in case they stop mine.Anybody know what the rule is here or if indeed there is a rule.:?
Sorry to thread hijack.:)


There is nothing to say that they cant prescribe more than one month supply, they normally do so to reduce wastage if your medication gets changed half way through your prescription. A way to get around this is next time she puts in her repeat put a little note on there to say she is going away for 3 months and would therefore need extra medication, hopefully the surgery will not change it back to 1 month supply. if they do, do it again and say she works abroad alot!!! Hope this helps
#25
bazr
As an aside on this,i have a repeat presciption for cholestrol reducing pills.My doctor gives me a script for 3 month supply.My sister who is at the same practice and has the same treatment is only given 1 month supply.No matter how much she tries they will not give her more than 1 month.They say it is all they are allowed to give.But my case contradicts this.She doesn't want to say ''what about my brother'', in case they stop mine.Anybody know what the rule is here or if indeed there is a rule.:?
Sorry to thread hijack.:)


Standard procedure is to give a 2 month supply on repeat prescription, however if your sister is just starting a statin they may need to change the dose. So you are lucky getting 3 months and your sister should probably ask again to get a 2 month supply. If you are on a statin now its unlikely you will ever stop it.
#26
loupomm
have you been taking them longer? maybe they want to monitor you sister a bit more closely? naughty tho if not

I have been taking them longer,but she has been settled on the present treatment for about a year now.I could understand what you are saying and that could be the case,but the practice aren't saying that.They are telling her that it is not allowed by some kind of government rule.True or false,anyone?
1 Like #27
bazr
I have been taking them longer,but she has been settled on the present treatment for about a year now.I could understand what you are saying and that could be the case,but the practice aren't saying that.They are telling her that it is not allowed by some kind of government rule.True or false,anyone?


False, it may be a practice policy. If they are a prescribing practice(i.e own a pharmacy on site) this will be a great money spinner. Your sister should complain to the practice manager if she can't get a 56 day supply on repeat.
#28
MANJ_007
A way to get around this is next time she puts in her repeat put a little note on there to say she is going away for 3 months and would therefore need extra medication, hopefully the surgery will not change it back to 1 month supply. if they do, do it again and say she works abroad alot!!! Hope this helps

Thanks for the suggestion,a very good idea,i will pass it on.Surely they would have to give her this if there was no way that she could get it abroad.Could they possibly give her 3 individual scripts.Hope not.
#29
It's even cheaper if you don't get sick
#30
i get 3 month of my medication at a time
#31
bazr
Could they possibly give her 3 individual scripts.Hope not.


Very unlikely as it means extra work for Dr to sign 3 scripts, hopefully it will be prescribed as 84 tabs. Good luck
#32
spudgun
Standard procedure is to give a 2 month supply on repeat prescription, however if your sister is just starting a statin they may need to change the dose. So you are lucky getting 3 months and your sister should probably ask again to get a 2 month supply. If you are on a statin now its unlikely you will ever stop it.

Thanks for the info.Yes i understand that i am on this med for life,a small price to pay though to prolong it.
spudgun
False, it may be a practice policy. If they are a prescribing practice(i.e own a pharmacy on site) this will be a great money spinner. Your sister should complain to the practice manager if she can't get a 56 day supply on repeat.

Thanks again.
#33
Just buy the 3mth jobbie.
Time your prescription pickup the day it expires
enough tablets now for 2ths
end of twwo months buy another 3months
repeat trick
end up with 13month cover at 9 m onth price
everybody's happy!

Other trick get a thyroid desease then prescriptions are free

JIm:giggle:
#34
Agree strongly that a person's health is his/her own responsibility to a very great extent and some of those who abuse their bodies are putting quite a strain on NHS resources in later life. However, there are some conditions which are down to genetic reasons (as are my two prescription needs) and whilst good diet, exercise, etc. limits the problems they just don't go away and medication is needed.

I just hope you continue to have the option of not needing prescriptions at any time.

Sorry I forgot to tick the quote box (no my condition is not short term memory loss!!) - the reply was directed at Predikuesi.
#35
Yeah my dad does this, saves him a fortune. thanks for the heads up anyways
#36
I've personally been on steadily increasing meds for the last 7 months as NHS waiting lists keep me from getting treated for a heart condition. It took the pharmacist in my local hospital to mention this to me, as I'd never heard of it before.
Considering I have to buy between 4 and 7 prescription drugs every 4 weeks this is going to save me hundreds of pounds... I actually bought a year-long one yesterday.

One thing worth noting, and it's clearly stated on the application form... The prices GO UP in April...

But based on current price, take a look at these savings:

1 x 12 month PPC = £95.30
Drugs issued every 4 weeks... that's 13 sets in a month
Therefore, monthly cost = £7.33

One standard NHS prescription = £6.65

It means that if you regularly pay for 2 or more prescriptions every 4 weeks, you save money!

Now I get between 4 and 7 every 4 weeks.
That's £345.90 to £605.15 per year, all for £95.30!!!

Money Saving to the extreme!
#37
spudgun
Standard procedure is to give a 2 month supply on repeat prescription, however if your sister is just starting a statin they may need to change the dose. So you are lucky getting 3 months and your sister should probably ask again to get a 2 month supply. If you are on a statin now its unlikely you will ever stop it.


Is this just for statins or across the board?

I have been taking the same dose of an SSRI antidepressant for three years, and only get a month's script at a time. If I could get even two months' at a time it would halve my annual costs.

Cheers
#38
piggydude
Is this just for statins or across the board?

I have been taking the same dose of an SSRI antidepressant for three years, and only get a month's script at a time. If I could get even two months' at a time it would halve my annual costs.

Cheers


There is nothing in the NHS restricting number of months treatment that can be prescribed, saying that it may be practice policy to restrict to one months supply. See my earlier post how to get round this, i do it for my patients all the time, im a friendly pharmacist!!!!! :thinking: :giggle:
#39
Freefalling
I've personally been on steadily increasing meds for the last 7 months as NHS waiting lists keep me from getting treated for a heart condition. It took the pharmacist in my local hospital to mention this to me, as I'd never heard of it before.
Considering I have to buy between 4 and 7 prescription drugs every 4 weeks this is going to save me hundreds of pounds... I actually bought a year-long one yesterday.

One thing worth noting, and it's clearly stated on the application form... The prices GO UP in April...

But based on current price, take a look at these savings:

1 x 12 month PPC = £95.30
Drugs issued every 4 weeks... that's 13 sets in a month
Therefore, monthly cost = £7.33

One standard NHS prescription = £6.65

It means that if you regularly pay for 2 or more prescriptions every 4 weeks, you save money!

Now I get between 4 and 7 every 4 weeks.
That's £345.90 to £605.15 per year, all for £95.30!!!

Money Saving to the extreme!

You make me wish I had posted this some time ago as you have only just discovered this option. It does show, though, that the general public, even when regularly purchasing multi-prescriptions are not always advised of this option.

And in doing my calculations I forgot to allow for 13 x 4 week months in the year - I just worked on 12 calendar months. Therefore the savings in my original post are higher than quoted.
#40
piggydude
Is this just for statins or across the board?

I have been taking the same dose of an SSRI antidepressant for three years, and only get a month's script at a time. If I could get even two months' at a time it would halve my annual costs.

Cheers


GPs are more likely to prescibe SSRIs and other antidepressants on a monthly basis. This is to reduce the risk of overdosage in the severely depressed. A face to face review of somebody who is depressed is a good idea too.
However if you are stable on your SSRI it wouldn't seem unreasonable to get it extended to 2 monthly. It will come down to the decision of the individual GP who sees you though.

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