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NHS prescription charges go up to £8.60 each 1 April. Get 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)
NHS prescription charges go up to £8.60 each 1 April. Get 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)

NHS prescription charges go up to £8.60 each 1 April. Get 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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Prescription charges increase yet again in a fortnight (to £8.60 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 - £102.40 A YEAR WITH 2 ITEMS A MONTH, AND ANOTHER £103.20 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL MONTHLY PRESCRIPTION.

OVER £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.

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.

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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 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 (that is, hypothyroidism requiring thyroid hormone replacement)
epilepsy requiring continuous anticonvulsive therapy
a continuing physical disability which means the person cannot go out without the help of another person. Temporary disabilities do not count even if they last for several months
Or are 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 from 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 are 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, or
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)

201 Comments

free prescriptions in Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland if I remember rightly ...... meanwhile back in England ......

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1854

free prescriptions in Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland if I remember … free prescriptions in Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland if I remember rightly ...... meanwhile back in England ......:|


Back in England.......we have the Conservatives. And we all know what that means for the health service: it's great, but only if you can afford private medical cover. oO

Newbold

Back in England.......we have the Conservatives. And we all know what … Back in England.......we have the Conservatives. And we all know what that means for the health service: it's great, but only if you can afford private medical cover. oO



Oh I'm sorry I didn't notice free prescriptions were available for all 1997 to 2010 , that'd be a Labour Government (_;)
Edited by: "1854" 17th Mar

It is a joke that the rest of the UK gets free prescriptions but the price continues to rise in England

Fairly sure I save more than 300. So why only potential £300 savings?

9*8.60 *12
928.8

Tho I think I could get the exemption card from one of my ailments but never bothered looking, just been using the PPC for a couple years.

And yes, the fact only England pays annoys me greatly. Same with Scottish education, we pay the same tax rates.
Edited by: "rvcshart" 17th Mar

rvcshart

And yes, the fact only England pays annoys me greatly. Same with Scottish … And yes, the fact only England pays annoys me greatly. Same with Scottish education, we pay the same tax rates.



Do we? The Scottish government have only just been given the powers to increase Income tax, and have made some changes for the next financial year...


Edited by: "alg" 17th Mar

Roasting.

£10 each soon.

alg

Do we? The Scottish government have only just been given the powers to … Do we? The Scottish government have only just been given the powers to increase Income tax, and have made some changes for the next financial year...


That bloke Barnett has a lot to answer for oO . "Give the Jocks loads of money as their economy is a total failure " Hmmm! - then they spend this extra money on Free Prescriptions , Free Universities etc , and who pays ? yes 85% of it is paid by the hated and much envied English taxpayer .

Bring on the next independence vote - I and 80% of English folk would vote for it (sadly we don't get a vote )

Ouch I get nine items a month.
10 every 3rd month.
If not for my exemption card I would be broke.

rogparki

That bloke Barnett has a lot to answer for oO . "Give the Jocks loads of … That bloke Barnett has a lot to answer for oO . "Give the Jocks loads of money as their economy is a total failure " Hmmm! - then they spend this extra money on Free Prescriptions , Free Universities etc , and who pays ? yes 85% of it is paid by the hated and much envied English taxpayer . Bring on the next independence vote - I and 80% of English folk would vote for it (sadly we don't get a vote )




Loads of free money? Scotland has been subsiding the UK for a long, long time.

If Scotland had been independent lets say since 1980 it would currently have a substantial surplus, even after the last two extremely bad years for oil revenue.The Scottish Exchequer would have zero debt and tens of billions of pounds in the bank to protect it from a sustained oil downturn, even if it had exactly matched reckless and wasteful UK government spending over the entire period.

The rUK, not Scotland, has been the recipient of cross-border subsidies over the past 40 years or so. Prof. Ashcroft calculates that even factoring in considerably higher levels of public spending, Scotland has only had £95 back for every £100 it sent to Westminster.



Edited by: "jaybizzle" 17th Mar

jaybizzle

Loads of free money? Scotland has been subsiding the UK for a long, long … Loads of free money? Scotland has been subsiding the UK for a long, long time.If Scotland had been independent since 1980 it would currently have a substantial surplus, even after the last two extremely bad years for oil revenue.The Scottish Exchequer would have zero debt and tens of billions of pounds in the bank to protect it from a sustained oil downturn, even if it had exactly matched reckless and wasteful UK government spending over the entire period. Furthermore, it is beyond question that the rUK, not Scotland, has been the recipient of cross-border subsidies over the past 40 years or so. Prof. Ashcroft calculates that even factoring in considerably higher levels of public spending, Scotland has only had £95 back for every £100 it sent to Westminster.



Independence - good - get on with it.

Bilbo1968

Independence - good - get on with it.




We're trying, but your overlord wont let us go.

I thought we voted No !!

jaybizzle

We're trying, but your overlord wont let us go.



Quicker the better.

Ordered

It's the same price as 1 prescription charge per month.

Sometimes I have 5 in the same month so it's a no brainer.

The medication I have I get in 3 month doses so I when I need to get my meds take out the 3 month card then before it expires I get my next 3 months worth. Doing that I only have to pay for 2 3 month cards a year and not a annual card. If anyone has a ruck load of tablets dispensed in 3 months doses try doing it like this.

Bilbo1968

Quicker the better.




k

rogparki

That bloke Barnett has a lot to answer for oO . "Give the Jocks loads of … That bloke Barnett has a lot to answer for oO . "Give the Jocks loads of money as their economy is a total failure " Hmmm! - then they spend this extra money on Free Prescriptions , Free Universities etc , and who pays ? yes 85% of it is paid by the hated and much envied English taxpayer . Bring on the next independence vote - I and 80% of English folk would vote for it (sadly we don't get a vote )


Lol, don't believe everything the BBC tells you. Do a bit of your own research and you'll see that everything you have said is false. You are clearly just another butt hurt English person, who knows they get shafted at every turn, and wish you were living in Scotland so you could reap the benefits of a government who cares about their country.

rvcshart

Fairly sure I save more than 300. So why only potential £300 … Fairly sure I save more than 300. So why only potential £300 savings?9*8.60 *12928.8Tho I think I could get the exemption card from one of my ailments but never bothered looking, just been using the PPC for a couple years.And yes, the fact only England pays annoys me greatly. Same with Scottish education, we pay the same tax rates.



Exemption card will cover all perscriptions not just for the ailment that qualifys you for it

My doctor gives me 3 month supplies so works out cheaper than getting one of these

Vote Tory. You get screwed. The quicker you learn this the better....

red_steve

Vote Tory. You get screwed. The quicker you learn this the better....



Red Steve.....Right on comrade - where as if you vote Labour you're just **** lol.




Edited by: "Bilbo1968" 17th Mar

1854

free prescriptions in Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland if I remember … free prescriptions in Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland if I remember rightly ...... meanwhile back in England ......:|


meanwhile back in England we have to pay for it...

Scotlands free prescriptions...for now...it's aging population will swipe that one off the books
and a lot sooner than you think

This might help some people - hopefully!
If you're taking something like "Soluble Aspirin" don't bother getting it on prescription and paying £8.60 or whatever it is. Soluble Aspirin is an Over the Counter (OTC) medicine that doesn't need a prescription and costs about £1 for 100 tabs - 75 mg. That's over 3 months supply for most people so save yourself some money.
It's worth asking your pharmacist whether any of the medicines that you have been prescribed are available OTC and if they are then pay for them separately if they cost less than £8.60.
Saved myself a few quid years ago when I was taking Sol Asp.
Good luck!

alecb

This might help some people - hopefully!If you're taking something like … This might help some people - hopefully!If you're taking something like "Soluble Aspirin" don't bother getting it on prescription and paying £8.60 or whatever it is. Soluble Aspirin is an Over the Counter (OTC) medicine that doesn't need a prescription and costs about £1 for 100 tabs - 75 mg. That's over 3 months supply for most people so save yourself some money.It's worth asking your pharmacist whether any of the medicines that you have been prescribed are available OTC and if they are then pay for them separately if they cost less than £8.60.Saved myself a few quid years ago when I was taking Sol Asp.Good luck!


A good pharmacist should advise people if it's cheaper over the counter.

flojo1

I thought we voted No !!


'We' voted to stay part of the UK though we also voted to stay part of the EU. Surely being dragged out of the EU means another independence referendum is our right.

damadgeruk

'We' voted to stay part of the UK though we also voted to stay part of … 'We' voted to stay part of the UK though we also voted to stay part of the EU. Surely being dragged out of the EU means another independence referendum is our right.



My road voted to stay part of the EU. I reckon we should draw a line around my road and have another referendum, as we voted to remain. Fortunately, my road would now vote to remain within the U.K. as we would never be allowed back into the E.U. as:

a) Fact: We have to leave the EU and therefore re-apply
b) My road deficit - and the North of the U.K. (Scotland) has too large a deficit to re-join the EU
c) The area to the South (England/Wales) would never let an independent country keep the pound - because it's independent and the currency (via the Bank of England) would not be interested in Scotland as it would have independece - you can't have an independent country that has no influence over its currency.
d) Good luck with the Euro

alecb

This might help some people - hopefully!If you're taking something like … This might help some people - hopefully!If you're taking something like "Soluble Aspirin" don't bother getting it on prescription and paying £8.60 or whatever it is. Soluble Aspirin is an Over the Counter (OTC) medicine that doesn't need a prescription and costs about £1 for 100 tabs - 75 mg. That's over 3 months supply for most people so save yourself some money.It's worth asking your pharmacist whether any of the medicines that you have been prescribed are available OTC and if they are then pay for them separately if they cost less than £8.60.Saved myself a few quid years ago when I was taking Sol Asp.Good luck!



​sorry but that's bankrupting the nhs. the idea of socialised medication is that you pay £8 for cheap **** but also pay £8 for expensive drugs. the drugs that costs cheaper are subsidising the expensive stuff therefore the mean price is at £8. if everyone stopped buying expensive cheap medication from the nhs the mean price of the subscriptions would increase.

damadgeruk

'We' voted to stay part of the UK though we also voted to stay part of … 'We' voted to stay part of the UK though we also voted to stay part of the EU. Surely being dragged out of the EU means another independence referendum is our right.


I though the ballot paper only asked if you wanted to remain in the UK? Or is this too simple and lots of other options were printed in white ink?

Also, do try to actually take care of yourself and try to contribute to society. Don't sit on the couch milking the NHS cow of its juices complaining about costs going up. It won't last forever if things carry on.

My mum has been doing this for years. How is it a deal?

1854

Oh I'm sorry I didn't notice free prescriptions were available for all … Oh I'm sorry I didn't notice free prescriptions were available for all 1997 to 2010 , that'd be a Labour Government (_;)



We all NEEDED free prescriptions then as we all lived in poverty!

I'm quite happy with my current financial circumstances and paying £8 here and there.

Quillon

I though the ballot paper only asked if you wanted to remain in the UK? … I though the ballot paper only asked if you wanted to remain in the UK? Or is this too simple and lots of other options were printed in white ink?


Sour grapes is what it's called

I do take advantage in a way. I use a certain product that is now only on prescription. A woman (initially found on ebay) in Scotland sells me them and posts them. Sometimes the item in the boxes still has the dispensing sticker on them. lol

alecb

This might help some people - hopefully!If you're taking something like … This might help some people - hopefully!If you're taking something like "Soluble Aspirin" don't bother getting it on prescription and paying £8.60 or whatever it is. Soluble Aspirin is an Over the Counter (OTC) medicine that doesn't need a prescription and costs about £1 for 100 tabs - 75 mg. That's over 3 months supply for most people so save yourself some money.It's worth asking your pharmacist whether any of the medicines that you have been prescribed are available OTC and if they are then pay for them separately if they cost less than £8.60.Saved myself a few quid years ago when I was taking Sol Asp.Good luck!



Good God stating the bloody obvious ...get a gig with Martin lewis bud

Quillon

I though the ballot paper only asked if you wanted to remain in the UK? … I though the ballot paper only asked if you wanted to remain in the UK? Or is this too simple and lots of other options were printed in white ink?


Majority in Scotland voted to remain in the EU, did you forget?

rogparki

That bloke Barnett has a lot to answer for oO . "Give the Jocks loads of … That bloke Barnett has a lot to answer for oO . "Give the Jocks loads of money as their economy is a total failure " Hmmm! - then they spend this extra money on Free Prescriptions , Free Universities etc , and who pays ? yes 85% of it is paid by the hated and much envied English taxpayer . Bring on the next independence vote - I and 80% of English folk would vote for it (sadly we don't get a vote )


Spent 400 million on a building (Parliament), 700 million on 8 miles of tram track. Absolutely unbelievable. Good luck Scotland, you are gonna need it.

Banned

wow £8.60.
no wonder they don't give you appointments !
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