NHS prescription charges go up to £8.40 each on 1 April.  Buy a prepayment certificate & save money on more than 1 a month.  £104 for a full year, £29 for 3 months, or 10 monthly Direct Debit payments of £10.40 (Potential savings £300+ pa)
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NHS prescription charges go up to £8.40 each on 1 April. Buy a prepayment certificate & save money on more than 1 a month. £104 for a full year, £29 for 3 months, or 10 monthly Direct Debit payments of £10.40 (Potential savings £300+ pa)

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Found 20th Mar 2016
Prescription charges increase yet again next month (to £8.40 each), so now's a good time to remind anyone having more than 12 prescriptions over a full year that a PPC (Prepayment Certificate) will save 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 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 - £97.60 A YEAR WITH 2 ITEMS A MONTH, AND ANOTHER £100.80 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL MONTHLY PRESCRIPTION.

ALMOST £300 A YEAR SAVED ON 4 PRESCRIPTIONS A MONTH

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.

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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:

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

2. 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.

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.

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
Print off a PPC application form here or pick one up from your GP surgery or pharmacy.

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 (bottom of the page) 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.

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*People with certain medical conditions can get free NHS prescriptions if they hold a valid medical exemption certificate.

You can get all your NHS prescriptions free if you have a valid medical exemption certificate because you have:

a permanent fistula (for example, caecostomy, colostomy, laryngos-tomy or ileostomy) which needs continuous surgical dressing or an appliance;
a form of hypoadrenalism (for example, Addison’s Disease) for which specific substitution therapy is essential;
diabetes insipidus and other forms of hypopituitarism;
diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet alone;
hypoparathyroidism;
myasthenia gravis;
myxoedema (that is, hypothyroidism which needs thyroid hormone replacement);
epilepsy which needs continuous anticonvulsive therapy;
a continuing physical disability which means you cannot go out without the help of another person; or
cancer and are undergoing treatment for:
- cancer;
- the effects of cancer; or,
- the effects of cancer treatment.

You can only get a certificate if you have a condition on the list. If you are not sure about the name of your condition, check with your doctor. Doctors may advise you about free prescriptions. However, it is up to you to find out if you are entitled to an exemption certificate.
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Free in Norn Iron, yay :))
Op, one more note, If you want it free forever, Relocate to Scotland
These are great I've had mine a few years now saving me hundreds every year :-)
Very useful, I've got one myself.
Or have an under active thyroid like me free prescriptions for ever
Free in Wales too...
opaninkofi

Op, one more note, If you want it free forever, Relocate to Scotland




I'd rather pay the charges
Better still - don't take unnecessary medication. I've not used anything in years - whether healthy or not.
Good old NHS.
£8.40 for a packet of 12p paracetamol.
£16.80 if you need 12p aspirin to go with it.
In true HUKD spirit I'm expecting a full on argument in this thread about the Scottish referendum, SNP, how England pays for everyone else with a dose of upcoming EU referendum rhetoric and how the immigrants have ruined the NHS of course not to mention the rest of the country.

If anyone has a good deal on pop corn that would be most appreciated.

http://i.imgur.com/QYgzgFn.jpg
tomdavidrichards

I'd rather pay the charges



scared of something?
neoboy

In true HUKD spirit I'm expecting a full on argument in this thread about … In true HUKD spirit I'm expecting a full on argument in this thread about the Scottish referendum, SNP, how England pays for everyone else with a dose of upcoming EU referendum rhetoric and how the immigrants have ruined the NHS of course not to mention the rest of the country. If anyone has a good deal on pop corn that would be most appreciated.


Get your popcorn in quick.
The Eu referendum is sure to push the price of it up.
I obviously don't know this for sure but I'm scared it might happen so on that basis I vote to stay in!
Where is a deal? it works at the same prices almost a year...COLD
Does the cost of the pre-payment certificate go up on 1st April too?
Ye cannae beat FREE, but its not really, paid for through Taxes.
Banned
opaninkofi

Op, one more note, If you want it free forever, Relocate to Scotland



I'd rather pay for prescriptions and University fees than do that if I'm honest.

fireman1

Good old NHS.£8.40 for a packet of 12p paracetamol.£16.80 if you need 12p … Good old NHS.£8.40 for a packet of 12p paracetamol.£16.80 if you need 12p aspirin to go with it.



The other half worked in a chemist. ​You'll be surprised how many of those who get free prescriptions would actually rather go to the doctors than pay pennies for paracetamol or aspirin. Another example of this messed up country.
Our pharmacy will tell us if anything on the prescription is cheaper than the charge for us.

also I've never seen a doctor prescribe paracetamol ever, they simply advise to take it etc. granted anyone who doesn't pay could get it on prescription for free.
You guys in Englandshire should really think about voting for a political party that will give you free prescriptions, instead of the screw-the-poor-Tories.
doctors need to stop prescribing paracetamol and any cheap over the counter medicines imo
fireman1

Good old NHS.£8.40 for a packet of 12p paracetamol.£16.80 if you need 12p … Good old NHS.£8.40 for a packet of 12p paracetamol.£16.80 if you need 12p aspirin to go with it.



​then dont go to the drs for silly little grievances that require paracetamol or aspirin
still free ( for now) in norn iron
free in wales
paneds

​then dont go to the drs for silly little grievances that require p … ​then dont go to the drs for silly little grievances that require paracetamol or aspirin




then buy it over the counter. And those who do get free scripts. Go buy them, save the NHS a bucket load. I'd be embarrased,, no mortfied to hand over a script for items that can be bought for 15p
fireman1

Good old NHS.£8.40 for a packet of 12p paracetamol.£16.80 if you need 12p … Good old NHS.£8.40 for a packet of 12p paracetamol.£16.80 if you need 12p aspirin to go with it.



​£8.40 for 30 caps of £4000 lenolidamide is pretty good though.
IWOOTN

then buy it over the counter. And those who do get free scripts. Go buy … then buy it over the counter. And those who do get free scripts. Go buy them, save the NHS a bucket load. I'd be embarrased,, no mortfied to hand over a script for items that can be bought for 15p


Unfortunately you are not typical of the scrounging population of this country.
Painterz1

You guys in Englandshire should really think about voting for a political … You guys in Englandshire should really think about voting for a political party that will give you free prescriptions, instead of the screw-the-poor-Tories.


Nothing is free - just paid for a different way (and by someone else)! The concept of 'government money' is one of the many fallacies of socialism.
Edited by: "Besford" 20th Mar 2016
FleetFanatic

The other half worked in a chemist. ​You'll be surprised how many of t … The other half worked in a chemist. ​You'll be surprised how many of those who get free prescriptions would actually rather go to the doctors than pay pennies for paracetamol or aspirin. Another example of this messed up country.


Completely agree. Not only do they ask for a prescription for it they probably only had a headache so took an appointment for a person who might genuinely need it and cost the taxpayer like us circa £50. And the same people are in and out of the surgery daily, oh dr I have a runny nose, dr my teeth hurt - Dr I'm just here as I don't have anything else to do. Apologies - rant over. I think the reason they are £8.40 is to balance the cost of the more expensive drugs that they prescribe and it costs the NHS money to prescribe drugs. Otherwise everyone would be charged the actual cost. You win some you lose some. It's not like rocking up to B&M to get a packet of paracetamol.
Unfortunately my wife and I work for a living so don't get free prescription's in England. You should see some of the states that queue up in our pharmacy.
Besford

Nothing is free - just paid for a different way!



Can of worms here. But it's free to those that don't work or contribute to society and use every possible way to suck the country dry. "Because I'm entitled!!" Whilst hard working citizens get a bad deal. And are probably on this website now buying a nice big 4K TV as the one they bought last year is only LCD. But won't be reading this thread as they know it's already 'free'
dafunq

doctors need to stop prescribing paracetamol and any cheap over the … doctors need to stop prescribing paracetamol and any cheap over the counter medicines imo


So, so true (and many other items too: £70 gluten-free loaf anyone? - available in Sainsburys for £1.75!). Pharmacist wife works in GP surgeries and sees patients using 'menaces' to get what they want regardless. There's a substantial underclass in this country who would make decent people weep if only they knew what goes on.

By the way: 40% of medicines dispensed are never taken and once they leave the pharmacy they can't be dispensed again, even if returned unopened. In fact the recommendation is to take them back for disposal and the poor old NHS then has to pay again for a contractor to dispose of them 'safely'! At least the prescription charge should make those who have to pay think whether they need everything on their repeat list but unfortunately the majority are dispensed free for one reason or another - not just to the Celtic fringe either.

The NHS is a national treasure being ruined by the 'entitled' segment of society - most of them born here. Attempts to sort some of the nonsense are usually shouted down by the looney left who refuse to accept that you can only spend what you haven't got for a limited period. They'll regret it when it's gone.



Edited by: "Besford" 20th Mar 2016
On a different note however, voting cold, as this simply isn't a deal, more advice about something at its normal price.
only england effect whilst wales scotland and Ireland don't pay so basically we are funding there medication

and not only that if you have a reaction to the meds no way of a refund or next prescription halve price oh no just full price again.

all bloody wrong this get wales scotland Ireland paying again and maybe nhs wont be so badly hit.
a petition should go up free for england
You would be surprised what people are allowed on prescription!!!! They get things like gluten free stuff that is now readily available in supermarkets, .....throat lozenges...... paracetamol......... olive oil......I could go on!
mnemon81

Free in Norn Iron, yay :))


€2.50 per item in the rest of Ireland.

Remind me to relocate to Scotland sometime!
Yes prescriptions are free in Wales but at a cost to the Welsh, worst waiting list in UK.
Banned
TAZMANUK

only england effect whilst wales scotland and Ireland don't pay so … only england effect whilst wales scotland and Ireland don't pay so basically we are funding there medicationand not only that if you have a reaction to the meds no way of a refund or next prescription halve price oh no just full price again.all bloody wrong this get wales scotland Ireland paying again and maybe nhs wont be so badly hit.


Glad I live in Scotland where we have an education system. Your spelling and grammar, shocking. You are also extremely ignorant of the facts. Politics, obviously something of a mystery to you.


Edited by: "Zontes" 20th Mar 2016
If you actually educate yourself then you'd know that the UK runs a deficit.....so borrows money from somewhere. Your ignorance would be justified if there wasn't a deficit and Scotland hadn't been a Net Tax contributer since records began. Scotland raises more money than all regions except London and the South East

Stop reading the Daily Mail
Lots of xenophobic UKIPPERS here cursing Scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland for fighting for free prescriptions among other hard won concessions instead of actually demanding the same.
If you want free prescriptions then fight for them instead of criticising others for having the balls to.
All this crap about prescriptions for paracetamols,absolute fantasy!
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