NHS prescription charges are going up on 1 April. Buy a prepayment certificate & potentially save HUNDREDS! [cost: £104 for a full year, £29 for 3 months, or 10 monthly Direct Debit payments of £10.40] (SAVE as much as £300+ pa)
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NHS prescription charges are going up on 1 April. Buy a prepayment certificate & potentially save HUNDREDS! [cost: £104 for a full year, £29 for 3 months, or 10 monthly Direct Debit payments of £10.40] (SAVE as much as £300+ pa)

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Found 30th JanEdited by:"Newbold"
***Single prescription charge rises to £8.80 on 1 April 2018 but the prepayment certificate price stays the same - even more of a bargain now (figures below updated)***

How to save maybe hundreds of pounds a year, depending on how many items you have prescribed by your doctor each month.

The NHS doesn't promote this huge money saver very well, but anyone getting more than 12 items on prescription a year (or more than 3 in 3 months) will save money with a Prepayment Certificate (PPC).

Prescription charges are going up yet again in April, so now's a good time to remind people that a PPC can save you money - and potentially a lot of money.

The 12 month PPC costs just £104, and the 3 month one costs £29.10. And the 12 month PPC costs just £10.40 a month (for 10 months only) with a direct debit. These prices DO NOT INCREASE on 1 April 2018, unlike the single prescription charge.


IF YOU'RE BUYING JUST 2 ITEMS A MONTH THIS WILL SAVE YOU MONEY - £107.20 A YEAR WITH 2 ITEMS A MONTH, AND ANOTHER £105.60 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL MONTHLY ITEM.

OVER £300 A YEAR SAVED ON 4 PRESCRIPTIONS A MONTH

If you need:

  • two items each month – you can save more than £100 with a 12-month PPC
  • three items each month – you can save £212 with a 12-month PPC
  • four items each month – you can save £318 with a 12-month PPC


A PPC covers all of your NHS prescriptions, including NHS dental prescriptions, no matter how many items you need.

There are two PPC options to choose from:

a three-month PPC – costs £29.10 and will save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months

a 12-month PPC – costs £104.00 and will save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year

Two additional things to remember, though:

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.

If you have to pay for prescriptions while you're waiting for a new PPC and need to apply for a refund, ask the pharmacist for a refund and receipt form (FP57) so you can 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.

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*People with certain medical conditions can get free NHS prescriptions if:

  • they have one of the conditions listed below, and
  • they hold a valid medical exemption certificate
Medical exemption certificates are issued on application to people who have:

  • a permanent fistula (for example, a caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy or ileostomy) requiring continuous surgical dressing or requiring an appliance
  • a form of hypoadrenalism (for example, Addison's disease) for which specific substitution therapy is essential
  • diabetes insipidus or other forms of hypopituitarism
  • diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet alone
  • hypoparathyroidism
  • myasthenia gravis
  • myxoedema (hypothyroidism requiring thyroid hormone replacement)
  • epilepsy requiring continuous anticonvulsive therapy
  • a continuing physical disability that means the person can't go out without the help of another person – temporary disabilities don't count, even if they last for several months
They are also issued for people undergoing treatment for cancer:

  • including the effects of cancer, or
  • the effects of current or previous cancer treatment

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You can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:

  • are 60 or over
  • are under 16
  • are 16-18 and in full-time education
  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
  • have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
  • have a continuing physical disability that prevents you going out without help from another person and have a valid MedEx
  • hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
  • are an NHS inpatient
You're also entitled to free prescriptions if you or your partner – including civil partner – receive, or you're under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Universal Credit and meet the criteria
If you're entitled to or named on:

  • a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate – if you don't have a certificate, you can show your award notice; you qualify if you get Child Tax Credits, Working Tax Credits with a disability element (or both), and have income for tax credit purposes of £15,276 or less
  • a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)
People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.
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Original Poster
Posted because so many people getting more than one prescription item a month are unaware of this; the NHS has admitted that around 800,000 people are overpaying by an average of £50 a year because they do not have a prescription prepayment certificate.


Easy to get - and a big money saver.
Edited by: "Newbold" 30th Jan
Or Move to Wales!

Seriously, How come the English have to pay and us welsh dont? Its a bit strange!
So for £100 you can get any medication you need even repeats
£104 to be able to breathe for the year, nice one!
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Original Poster
Posted because so many people getting more than one prescription item a month are unaware of this; the NHS has admitted that around 800,000 people are overpaying by an average of £50 a year because they do not have a prescription prepayment certificate.


Easy to get - and a big money saver.
Edited by: "Newbold" 30th Jan
Or Move to Wales!

Seriously, How come the English have to pay and us welsh dont? Its a bit strange!
So for £100 you can get any medication you need even repeats
£104 to be able to breathe for the year, nice one!
wakkaday7 m ago

So for £100 you can get any medication you need even repeats


yes, just show your ppc card at the pharmacy when collecting.
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wakkaday8 m ago

So for £100 you can get any medication you need even repeats


Yes - £104 gets you as many prescription items as you need over a full year.
I'm astonished that English people continue to put up with this tax on illness. Many of the prescriptions issued cost the NHS less than a pound but you still have to stump up. 80% of people don't have to pay because of various arcane exemptions so what's so special about the 20% of people who are forced to shoulder the burden?
Remember being in St Paul's eye hospital pharmacy waiting room over 30 years ago and a plaque displaying these different charges, remembered ever since but thankfully never needed to take advantage off. Story over.
These are great! Once you have one you can accumulate lots of illnesses and conditions, and all the medication is paid for! I was hoping for Yellow Fever or Dracunculiasis next month as I've never tried those medicines yet! :-)
wakkaday24 m ago

So for £100 you can get any medication you need even repeats


Yep I save it on one outing alone !
Or.. jack yer job in... free... free house... free money... free pension at the end
Prescriptions are free up here in Scotland
darthvader666uk36 m ago

Or Move to Wales!Seriously, How come the English have to pay and us welsh …Or Move to Wales!Seriously, How come the English have to pay and us welsh dont? Its a bit strange!



Why strange? The devolved Welsh Assembly are responsible for NHS spending in Wales. They chose to give free prescriptions but that leaves less to spend on nurses etc. As a result, the Welsh have longer hospital waiting times than the English.
Edited by: "Master.G" 30th Jan
dwl9938 m ago

I'm astonished that English people continue to put up with this tax on …I'm astonished that English people continue to put up with this tax on illness. Many of the prescriptions issued cost the NHS less than a pound but you still have to stump up. 80% of people don't have to pay because of various arcane exemptions so what's so special about the 20% of people who are forced to shoulder the burden?


So, where you getting that 80% figure from then? I'm going to guess at "plucked from thin air" but if you'd like to back it up would be interested in what you find.
Stoofa11 m ago

So, where you getting that 80% figure from then? I'm going to guess at …So, where you getting that 80% figure from then? I'm going to guess at "plucked from thin air" but if you'd like to back it up would be interested in what you find.



The figure from this site politics.co.uk/ref…ges is show it as 88% free of charge.
This one reports over 90% being free pharmaceutical-journal.com/new…cle

80% would appear to have been a massive understatement
Does this work for getting glasses and eye test say at Specsavers?
Does it also work for dentist? I'm a uni student will that affect my eligibility?
Edited by: "Nadeem_Mir" 30th Jan
I am really glad you but the reasons why people can be exempt as I am but I was paying years ago.

Might sound daft but some people just don’t know and don’t get told. One of mine I was prescribed is anti convulsants but my doctor etc dident tell me I’m exempt till I applied and got it
Does the ppc apply to dental charges too
Master.G32 m ago

Why strange? The devolved Welsh Assembly are responsible for NHS spending …Why strange? The devolved Welsh Assembly are responsible for NHS spending in Wales. They chose to give free prescriptions but that leaves less to spend on nurses etc. As a result, the Welsh have longer hospital waiting times than the English.


But in Scotland, they give free prescriptions and have the best waiting times in the whole of the UK.
Good heads up
I used the prepayment card option for years until my prescriptions became free. Averaging about 7 items a month it saved me a fortune.

I never bought the yearly option. If you buy a 3 month option and stock up in the week before it is due to expire you can make it last at least 4/6 weeks before purchasing your next 3 month Px. THis means that you can make 4 X 3 monthly prepayments last 16 months. If you ask your GP for a double px (they are allowed to do this) in the week prior to expiry 20 months is possible. Thats 4 three monthly prescriptions in 20 months.

I have chronic Asthma and my GP was always very helpful. However I dont think I should have had to pay in the first place.

PS If you travel in Europe Ventolin inhalers are available for £2.69 in most countries over the counter no questions asked.
Nadeem_Mir8 m ago

Does this work for getting glasses and eye test say at Specsavers?Does it …Does this work for getting glasses and eye test say at Specsavers?Does it also work for dentist? I'm a uni student will that affect my eligibility?


You can apply for a HC2 form and get prescriptions free etc if you are a student
Nadeem_Mir8 m ago

Does this work for getting glasses and eye test say at Specsavers?Does it …Does this work for getting glasses and eye test say at Specsavers?Does it also work for dentist? I'm a uni student will that affect my eligibility?


It will cover any NHS prescriptions your dentist gives you but not treatment, won't cover other health checks such as opticians either, you're probably better off applying for a HC2 which is a means tested way to get help with all the above costs
jaybizzle5 m ago

But in Scotland, they give free prescriptions and have the best waiting …But in Scotland, they give free prescriptions and have the best waiting times in the whole of the UK.



Hmmmmm bbc.co.uk/new…358
Master.G2 m ago

Hmmmmm Hmmmmm http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-42154358


There is no hmmmm about it.


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Edited by: "jaybizzle" 30th Jan
dwl991 h, 13 m ago

I'm astonished that English people continue to put up with this tax on …I'm astonished that English people continue to put up with this tax on illness. Many of the prescriptions issued cost the NHS less than a pound but you still have to stump up. 80% of people don't have to pay because of various arcane exemptions so what's so special about the 20% of people who are forced to shoulder the burden?


Not really astonishing if you read your own post that ' 80% ' don't have to pay , turkeys don't vote for Christmas so nothing is likely to change soon in England except for the few that do pay who will be expected to pay more.
Edited by: "1854" 30th Jan
Master.G5 m ago

Hmmmmm Hmmmmm http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-42154358



Old news from the boring bbc
Master.G8 m ago

Hmmmmm Hmmmmm http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-42154358

BBC hmmm
Thank you for this information. I would have prefered if I don't need this sort of discounts but...
Master.G55 m ago

Why strange? The devolved Welsh Assembly are responsible for NHS spending …Why strange? The devolved Welsh Assembly are responsible for NHS spending in Wales. They chose to give free prescriptions but that leaves less to spend on nurses etc. As a result, the Welsh have longer hospital waiting times than the English.


It’s a lack of funding by the Tory government which results in them long waiting times.
Bamo124 m ago

Does the ppc apply to dental charges too



No, I wish
dwl991 h, 20 m ago

I'm astonished that English people continue to put up with this tax on …I'm astonished that English people continue to put up with this tax on illness. Many of the prescriptions issued cost the NHS less than a pound but you still have to stump up. 80% of people don't have to pay because of various arcane exemptions so what's so special about the 20% of people who are forced to shoulder the burden?



dinglebert31 m ago

The figure from this site …The figure from this site http://www.politics.co.uk/reference/nhs-prescription-charges is show it as 88% free of charge.This one reports over 90% being free https://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/news-and-analysis/prescription-charge-overhaul-would-raise-1bn-a-year-for-nhs-says-think-tank/20066348.article80% would appear to have been a massive understatement



The figures in the articles are not the percentage of people getting free prescriptions, but the percentage of items dispensed free.

Crucial difference.

According to this BBC article, about 50% of the population were taking prescription drugs in 2014, but the vast majority are over 60 so get them free and receive multiple items bbc.co.uk/new…246

Obviously some of the other people below 60 getting free prescriptions will have long term medical conditions where they receive multiple items on their prescriptions.
Begize3 m ago

The figures in the articles are not the percentage of people getting free …The figures in the articles are not the percentage of people getting free prescriptions, but the percentage of items dispensed free.Crucial difference.According to this BBC article, about 50% of the population were taking prescription drugs in 2014, but the vast majority are over 60 so get them free and receive multiple items http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30411246Obviously some of the other people below 60 getting free prescriptions will have long term medical conditions where they receive multiple items on their prescriptions.



Disagree about "crucial difference". What counts is the number of people who actually have to pay for prescriptions which have been dispensed. If you don't need a prescription then the cost to you is zero.
Master.G1 h, 4 m ago

Why strange? The devolved Welsh Assembly are responsible for NHS spending …Why strange? The devolved Welsh Assembly are responsible for NHS spending in Wales. They chose to give free prescriptions but that leaves less to spend on nurses etc. As a result, the Welsh have longer hospital waiting times than the English.


Not so in Scotland
Master.G28 m ago

Hmmmmm Hmmmmm http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-42154358



bbc.co.uk/new…488
Scottish politics is just what this deal site needs
Edited by: "benrussell" 30th Jan
Had this for 2 years now and saved so much money its a godsend for me being an asthmatic, 2 inhalers, and tablets
Edited by: "pesser" 30th Jan
Harley_Mick10 m ago

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-40494488


What has that link got to do with waiting times?
dwl991 h, 39 m ago

I'm astonished that English people continue to put up with this tax on …I'm astonished that English people continue to put up with this tax on illness. Many of the prescriptions issued cost the NHS less than a pound but you still have to stump up. 80% of people don't have to pay because of various arcane exemptions so what's so special about the 20% of people who are forced to shoulder the burden?


Well its becoming privatised and will be owned by multiple companies within the next few years. The plans are already through but of course, it has to be implemented drip by drip otherwise there'll be a public outcry.
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