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Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL7138, tabled on 22 July 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to conduct a review of the current system for prescription charges and exemptions in the light of COVID-19 and its impact.

Answered on

20 August 2020

The Department has no plans to suspend or conduct a review of the current system for prescription charges and exemptions, including for those people with long-term conditions in England. Extensive arrangements are already in place to help people access National Health Service prescriptions. These include a broad range of exemptions from the prescription charge for which someone with a long-term condition may qualify, including for people on low incomes through receipt of specific benefits and through the NHS Low Income Scheme.

To support those with the greatest need who do not qualify for an exemption, prescription pre-payment certificates are available for three months or 12-month periods. A holder of a 12-month certificate can get all the prescriptions they need for just over £2 per week.