2 prescriptions a month (costing £16.40)? Save money (at least £89 pa - more with more than 2) with a prescription prepayment certificate £10.40pm Direct Debit (£104 pa) England only
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2 prescriptions a month (costing £16.40)? Save money (at least £89 pa - more with more than 2) with a prescription prepayment certificate £10.40pm Direct Debit (£104 pa) England only

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Found 24th Jan 2015
Time for a reminder on this one for anyone (only about 40% of people) in England unlucky enough to have to pay for their own prescriptions - particularly as prescription charges will be increasing on 1 April. Buy the £104 12 month PPC now to avoid the increase, or a three month one for £29.10. A yearly PPC will cost just £10.40 a month (for 10 months only) with a direct debit.

IF YOU'RE BUYING JUST 2 ITEMS A MONTH THIS WILL SAVE YOU MONEY - AT LEAST £92 A YEAR WITH 2 ITEMS A MONTH, AND ANOTHER £98.40 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL MONTHLY PRESCRIPTION

APART FROM THE PPC ITSELF, THERE ARE TWO KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER:

1 CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITIONS WILL GIVE YOU A COMPLETELY FREE MEDICAL EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE (SEE BELOW*)

AND

2 YOU CAN CLAIM BACK PREVIOUS PRESCRIPTION COSTS FOR UP TO 3 MONTHS AFTER BUYING THE PPC SO LONG AS YOU ASK THE CHEMIST FOR AND RETAIN THE RECEIPT FORMS FP57

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Did you know you can save money with a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC)?

If you know you’ll have to pay for a lot of NHS prescriptions it may be cheaper to buy a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) – effectively a prescription 'season ticket'. A PPC covers you for all of your own NHS prescriptions, including dental prescriptions, no matter how many items you need. However, this does not include other health costs, for example the provision of wigs and fabric supports which are only provided through the hospital service.There are two PPC options to choose from:

A three month PPC costs £29.10 and could save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months

A 12 month PPC costs £104.00 and could save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year

How much can I save?

If you need two items each month you can save over £90 with a 12 month PPC

If you need three items each month you can save over £190 with a 12 month PPC

If you need four items each month you can save over £285 with a 12 month PPC

There are several payment options available. If you choose the 12 month PPC, you can pay for this by 10 monthly direct debit instalments.


How to apply for a PPC

Please check if you are entitled to free prescriptions before you apply for your PPC.

It's quickest to buy your PPC online. The PPC will start from the day you submit your application, unless you request a different start date. However, the start date must be within one month before or after the date of your application.

If you prefer talking to someone, you can call the PPC order line on 0300 330 1341. Again, your certificate is valid from the day you make the phone call unless you request otherwise.

Ensure you have your bank details or credit/debit card details ready.

Tip - Although the PPC is valid from the day of your application it may take a couple of days to receive your certificate. This means, until your PPC arrives you may have to pay for your prescription in advance and ask for a refund afterwards.

You can apply by post as well. Complete and sign your application form and send it with a cheque, postal order or credit/debit card details to:

NHS Help with Health Costs
PPC Issue Office
PO Box 854
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE99 2DE

Some pharmacies may be able to sell you a prescription prepayment certificate. However, you won’t be able to pay via direct debit if you purchase from a pharmacist. Please either contact your local pharmacy or view the list of registered pharmacies on the NHSBSA website to find out who is selling PPCs.

Useful tips:

Remember to apply for a new PPC in good time, otherwise you will have to pay full prescription charges if your PPC runs out.

If you have to pay for prescriptions while you are waiting for a new PPC and need to apply for a refund, ask the pharmacist for a refund and receipt form (FP57) in order to claim back the costs. You can claim for the refund of prescription charges up to three months after paying. The refund and receipt form (FP57) explains what to do.

If you buy a 12 month PPC by direct debit you are entering a commitment to pay all the instalments. If you use the PPC after failing to pay an instalment you may incur a penalty charge.

192 Comments

Thanks for the reminder.

10% of people! Surely not... Looks like I'm one of the 10%

And me

So only one in ten people are not on benefits, a child or pregnant? Seems incredibly unlikely. However, have some heat for a timely reminder.

Apparently it's 73% of people who pay, many of whom have long term conditions. So the PPC will be useful.

Annasteven

So only one in ten people are not on benefits, a child or pregnant? Seems … So only one in ten people are not on benefits, a child or pregnant? Seems incredibly unlikely. However, have some heat for a timely reminder.



I wonder if they meant to put only 10% of people DO NOT have to pay?

Annasteven

So only one in ten people are not on benefits, a child or pregnant? Seems … So only one in ten people are not on benefits, a child or pregnant? Seems incredibly unlikely. However, have some heat for a timely reminder.


Or over 60.

I think what the OP meant was that 10% of prescriptions are paid for, not 10% of people have to pay.

In our pharmacy this week we dispenced 2534 items 18 of these are paid for. This is about the same every week.

I work 60+ hours every week just to put food on the table and pay over £400 in tax and national insurance a month, So yeah I'm one of the UNLUCKY one's to still be paying full whack for prescriptions.

Country's a joke!

Heat added though as it could save those who need regular prescriptions a bit of money

Annasteven

Apparently it's 73% of people who pay, many of whom have long term … Apparently it's 73% of people who pay, many of whom have long term conditions. So the PPC will be useful.



That figure is almost certainly wrong. Approx 25%? of the population are over 60, then you have to consider everyone on a low income (not just unemployed and on benefits), those who are pregnant or who had a baby in the last 12 months or anyone under 18 (20% of population).

Have to say nationally I would think that the 10% is not far wrong, there is a whole list of exemptions on the back of prescriptions some mentioned eg under 16's over 60's, pregnant (also for one year after giving birth), NHS tax credits, income support, but also the following and many more:-

Diabetics, under active thyroid etc and those with medical exemptions
War pensions
Contraceptive
16,17 and 18 in full time eduction
Those with a limited income eg university students, works via application hc1 application

Sure there is a few more!
I recommend prepayment certificates for those that need it.

satan666wayne

In our pharmacy this week we dispenced 2534 items 18 of these are paid … In our pharmacy this week we dispenced 2534 items 18 of these are paid for. This is about the same every week.



Busy place!!!

My wife has a PPC and it saves us paying almost £60 a month for the meds she takes after her accident.

If you are on long term prescriptions, ie mine lanzoprozle because of a damaged oesophagus due to medical treatment you can get a medical exemption certificate. Had mine for nearly 10 years now and only renewed it a couple of times.

Didn't know about this. Heat

Great reminder OP. I've used this a couple of times when I knew I needed a few things and it saved me a decent wedge.

Original Poster

This might help - the 10% relates to the number of prescriptions issued. The % of people exempt was around 60% in 2009.


Prescription Charges Review
Implementing Exemption from Prescription Charges for People with Long Term Conditions
A report for the Secretary of State for Health by Professor Ian Gilmore
November 2009





Prescription charges – statistics

● Many people in England are already exempt from prescription charges –
around 60% – through exemptions relating to age, medical condition or
income (see Annex C).
● Nearly 90% of the 843 million prescription items dispensed each year are free.
However, prescription charges raise almost £500M per year for NHS services.
● Prescription pre‑payment certificates (PPCs) are available to patients. A 3 month
PPC costs £28.25 and a 12 month PPC costs £104 and can be purchased by 10
monthly direct debit instalment payments. The 12 month PPC saves money to
patients who have more than 14 items prescribed over the year.
● The number of items dispensed in the community continues to rise from 796
million items in 2007 to 843 million in 2008. The drug cost to the NHS (not
including dispensing costs) of all prescriptions dispensed in the community was
£8.3 billion in 2008.

thepharmacist

Busy place!!!


Yeah are we are a multiple so at the moment we are running on pharmacist and two staff one part time. I'm sure you know how the story goes.

I wonder what percentage of all prescriptions issued are the contraceptive pill? They are free to everyone aren't they?

Thanks. Didn't know that you can buy it in advance.

its nice to see that if you work for a living and pay your taxes etc you still have to pay for your dental, eye and general healthcare and prescriptions, however this scheme is one of the good things you can do to reduce your charges, heat for this and thanks for the reminder, a lot of people dont know about this!

On Monday I was prescribed 5 items, I went home and bought a 3 month prepayment for £29 saving just over £10, the lady who works in pharmacy recommended it. Hubby has annual one as he has 2 items every 4 weeks.

I usually get a 3 month one for use during the spring/summer for hayfever as I need tablets, 2 lots of eye drops and nasal spray so saves me a fair bit. Good of you to share as some people don't realise - heat added

Heat from me for the heads up... Not that I'd have to think about it on this side of the bridge! ;-P

Thanks op never knew about this thumbs up

Biggest saving would be not getting unnecessary items. 40% of dispensed meds are never taken - really!
This is costing us all £millions, especially when the patient is exempt. If you have elderly relatives with a list of meds on repeat (a typical situation) PLEASE make sure they don't reorder the ones they don't need.

I must admit the system is nuts. I have an underactive Thyroid so I have a exemption card and pay for no prescription at all. If on the other hand I was overactive I would get no exemption card...crazy!

warriorsq

I must admit the system is nuts. I have an underactive Thyroid so I have … I must admit the system is nuts. I have an underactive Thyroid so I have a exemption card and pay for no prescription at all. If on the other hand I was overactive I would get no exemption card...crazy!



Typical that the lazy Thyroid entitles you to benefits but a hard working one wouldn't

scotland got right idea

free

really cant believe (me being in Scotland) we dont pay for prescriptions !

i do have sympathy for those having to pay - the system does need a re think

I've got 8 prescriptions each month and I'm on the yearly payment, saves a lot of miney

Sebules

Typical that the lazy Thyroid entitles you to benefits but a hard working … Typical that the lazy Thyroid entitles you to benefits but a hard working one wouldn't



Brilliant lol

*money, damn you iphone

misterboumsong

really cant believe (me being in Scotland) we dont pay for prescriptions … really cant believe (me being in Scotland) we dont pay for prescriptions !i do have sympathy for those having to pay - the system does need a re think


Nothing's 'free' - us English are paying for yours!

I have been using the prescription prepayment certificate for several years as I get 13 items per month (more if I need antibiotics, steroids etc). If this scheme wasn't available, I would not be able to afford all my medications and would have to chose the most important ones.
I believe the PPC has stayed at £104 for the last few years - It is a God send for people like myself.

Pleased i dont need deals on this stuff. Very fortunate to have needed maybe 2 private prescriptions in about 4 year! Its a joke anyway. Should be covered by national insurance.. Paying for dentist appointments aswell... A joke. Wonder what ny national insurance is funding... Because its not me

I live in Scotland and don't pay for my prescriptions, I work full time and pay all my taxes etc..and I think its an absolute disgrace that people who live and work in England have to fork out yet certain(not all) benefits scroungers milk the system for all its worth ......Disgrace !!!

I work full time cash in hand, I claim housing benefit, ESA for me and partner, child tax credit for both children and also child benefit for both children. I also go to the Doctors and sometimes pretend so I can get free medication for my family.
God I love ENGLAND.

Besford

Nothing's 'free' - us English are paying for yours!


I think not. Scotland pays 9.1% of the tax in the UK yet has only 8.2% of the population
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