NHS England prescription prepay - 3 months £29.10, 12 months £104
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NHS England prescription prepay - 3 months £29.10, 12 months £104

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Found 11th Mar 2014
An increase in prescription charges in England has been announced from £7.85 to £8.05 from 1 April.

This is a good opportunity to remind people that they can prepay for their prescription charges to save money.

You can pay £29.10 for 3 months and £104 for 12 months. These prices are remaining unchanged on 1 April.

It works out cheaper prepaying if you have to pay for 4 or more prescription items in 3 months or more than 13 items in 12 months.

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its a good deal if you have long term and need so many prescriptions monthly - or better still ask dr to give 6 months supply on 1 prescription

scandalous to think you will pay £8.05 for generic antibiotics which cost pennies

Banned

bah just tick the box and scoot

Not a deal - standard price for prepayment.

Things like this make me glad to be Scottish

rasull_88

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It should come down once we get rid of the Scottish.

Banned

Aye vote independence sure to lose this subsidy

2muchmonth

Aye vote independence sure to lose this subsidy



Free uni places too.

holly100

its a good deal if you have long term and need so many prescriptions … its a good deal if you have long term and need so many prescriptions monthly - or better still ask dr to give 6 months supply on 1 prescriptionscandalous to think you will pay £8.05 for generic antibiotics which cost pennies


I agree that the charges are a joke but the £8-05 will also cover some meds that cost £1000s. most common inhalers cost £30+ too

tick the box and scoot??? lol they have your address and yes they do check eligibility and you can be fined upto £1000 ( I work in a pharmacy)

Overpaid GP's someone has to pay and some GP's have other jobs ie teaching, just pure greed.

Most Doctors are Business people hence sky high prices.

Shouldn't have any charges just like the rest of the uk!!! Not a deal

Banned

that must be extremely exclusive for that kind of money.

I stave off any antibiotics if I can help it. Everytime you use them, it weakens the immune system. Possibly why I am rarely ill.

That's what I like to believe anyway, but in theory it makes sense.
Edited by: "DarrylJohn" 11th Mar 2014

walsall123

Overpaid GP's someone has to pay and some GP's have other jobs ie … Overpaid GP's someone has to pay and some GP's have other jobs ie teaching, just pure greed.



What rubbish. They've got a very hard job and under so much pressure. They get what they deserve.

I appreciate that this isn't really a deal, but it's something that not a lot of people know about. I have to get at least three scripts per month, as I've got high blood pressure and asthma- so pre payment is a no brainer for me, you make your money back even if you have to only get two a month.
Added heat just to raise awareness

holly100

its a good deal if you have long term and need so many prescriptions … its a good deal if you have long term and need so many prescriptions monthly - or better still ask dr to give 6 months supply on 1 prescriptionscandalous to think you will pay £8.05 for generic antibiotics which cost pennies



But by doing this, we subsidise the huge costs of specialised medications that can cost thousands..

heyjude81

tick the box and scoot??? lol they have your address and yes they do … tick the box and scoot??? lol they have your address and yes they do check eligibility and you can be fined upto £1000 ( I work in a pharmacy)



I wouldn't do it and have a season ticket but I also know they check one in one million prescriptions. I also don't believe anybody in the NHS bureaucracy would be bothered to prosecute.

DarrylJohn

I stave off any antibiotics if I can help it. Everytime you use them, it … I stave off any antibiotics if I can help it. Everytime you use them, it weakens the immune system. Possibly why I am rarely ill.That's what I like to believe anyway, but in theory it makes sense.



That's just stupid. Using antibiotics CAN increase your resistance to future courses of antibiotics, NOT weaken your immune system. Whilst what you're doing is sensible, it's for the wrong reasons

Another thread revealing the appalling ignorance about how the NHS works and what it's like to live in most places around the world without such a system.

-The overwhelming majority of people don't pay the charges (even in England) due to age or other exemption.
-Many of the drugs prescribed cost much, much more than the charge.
-Worst of all: approx 40% of prescription medicines are never taken!!!!!

Original Poster

Besford

Another thread revealing the appalling ignorance about how the NHS works … Another thread revealing the appalling ignorance about how the NHS works and what it's like to live in most places around the world without such a system.-The overwhelming majority of people don't pay the charges (even in England) due to age or other exemption.-Many of the drugs prescribed cost much, much more than the charge.-Worst of all: approx 40% of prescription medicines are never taken!!!!!



First sensible post so far.

Done this for 4 years now. I do monthly £10.40 over 10 months. Worth it even more if prescription price is going up again.

walsall123

Overpaid GP's someone has to pay and some GP's have other jobs ie … Overpaid GP's someone has to pay and some GP's have other jobs ie teaching, just pure greed.



You think GPs earn a lot, have a look into locum's wages, 24 hour on-call shifts at £50-£100 an hour are the norm.

sunnyhot

I agree that the charges are a joke but the £8-05 will also cover some … I agree that the charges are a joke but the £8-05 will also cover some meds that cost £1000s. most common inhalers cost £30+ too



Agreed. The prescription charge can be a lifesaver for some treatments.

I'm reliably informed that the medication I'm on costs £120 per 60 tabs/30 days. That's nearly £1500 a year, but it only costs me £8 a month. Granted, some prescriptions are not worth it (general painkillers, creams and whatnot) but for every one it's not worth it for, there's one it is worth it for.

bma1445

Agreed. The prescription charge can be a lifesaver for some … Agreed. The prescription charge can be a lifesaver for some treatments.I'm reliably informed that the medication I'm on costs £120 per 60 tabs/30 days. That's nearly £1500 a year, but it only costs me £8 a month. Granted, some prescriptions are not worth it (general painkillers, creams and whatnot) but for every one it's not worth it for, there's one it is worth it for.



You could almost support a crack habit on that sort of money.

[quote=eklynne]Things like this make me glad to be Scottish [/quote me too

oddballjamie

You could almost support a crack habit on that sort of money.



Haha tell me about it, it's ridiculous how much the NHS has to pay (that is, until patents expire and generic versions become available).

f you need medicine every month for three months, at the new price that's £24.15. So by prepaying you're actually paying more.
This is only really useful to people that need multiple prescriptions per month.

nascent

f you need medicine every month for three months, at the new price that's … f you need medicine every month for three months, at the new price that's £24.15. So by prepaying you're actually paying more.This is only really useful to people that need multiple prescriptions per month.



Which they are usually informed about if they are applicable to the scheme.

I'm not being odd here, but surely people realise some drugs cost more than others and this is a way of covering costs?

Why has nobody mentioned WHY the costs have gone up, it's not solely the NHS...maybe it's something to do with unemployment and so on?

Oh this is annoying... I'm on meds permanently, but I get them every 2 months. For a year I pay £94.20, changing to £96.60. Can't save me any moooolah!

O noes, a 20p increase. Grab the flaming pitchforks!

Original Poster

nascent

f you need medicine every month for three months, at the new price that's … f you need medicine every month for three months, at the new price that's £24.15. So by prepaying you're actually paying more.This is only really useful to people that need multiple prescriptions per month.



Remember, the fee is per item, not per prescription.

When I had to use PPCs I found that you can play the NHS at their own game.
Quarterly ones can work out cheaper than an annual one as follows.
(This assumes that your doctor will only issue you with a prescription to cover 2 months
which mine informed me is the norm ie they are not allowed to issue in excess of 2 months.
There may be exceptional circumstances though.)

Apply 15 Dec for 3m PPC to cover 01/01 to 31/03. Cost £29.10
Obtain Presc for 2 m on 01/01
Obtain presc for 2m on 01/03 (so far 4m tablets for 3m cost)

Apply 15Apr for 3m PPC to cover 01/05 to 31/07. Cost £29.10
Obtain Presc for 2 m on 01/05
Obtain presc for 2m on 01/07 (so far 8m tablets for 6m cost)

Apply 15Aug for 3m PPC to cover 01/08 to 31/11. Cost £29.10
Obtain Presc for 2 m on 01/09
Obtain presc for 2m on 01/11 (so far 12m tablets for 9m cost)

Et voila! 12m prescriptions for a total cost of 3 x £29.10 = £87.30.
If you want to waste money on the 12m PPC please feel free.
The above system worked for me for several years

BTW heat added as it certainly saves money if you need more than a couple of prescs on a regular basis.
Why people with diabetes get theirs free is another matter - why not people with high BP and other long term illnesses?

musical

I wouldn't do it and have a season ticket but I also know they check one … I wouldn't do it and have a season ticket but I also know they check one in one million prescriptions. I also don't believe anybody in the NHS bureaucracy would be bothered to prosecute.



I can tell you we check far more than 1 in a million and do prosecute any fraudulent claims. Try not to spout rubbish please.
Edited by: "JaMoUsE" 11th Mar 2014

musical

I wouldn't do it and have a season ticket but I also know they check one … I wouldn't do it and have a season ticket but I also know they check one in one million prescriptions. I also don't believe anybody in the NHS bureaucracy would be bothered to prosecute.


I wouldn't be too sure about that, it depends on the pharmacy and how they mark the back of your prescription. I also work in pharmacy and know of 3 patients fined since christmas. I think it all depends on how badly you need the medication. After all, £8 for what could potentially be a life saver to some. For those people who think there's a profit being made by NHS, try looking instead to the drug companies!!!

Move to Wales, it's free

rasull_88

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No the next is forcing people to pay for healthcare or live a life of pain/die.

I have 12 items on my repeat prescription, so the yearly prepay is a no brainer for me, I have been using it for several years. However, my local pharmacist is really good and will tell people if they can buy what they have been prescribed cheaper over the counter.

I know people slate the NHS charges, but I for one feel privileged to live in a country that has it. If I lived in a place where I had to pay the full value of my medications, I wouldn't be able to afford them all and would probably have to chose the ones that I need the most.

'Free' does not mean that nobody pays, it just comes out of taxation.

Only about 10% of prescriptions are actually paid for anyway, the rest are given to people who get them subsidised completely to zero i.e. children, the elderly, unemployed,etc.
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