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Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 83510, tabled on 29 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason Parkinson's disease and other degenerative conditions are not included on the NHS medical exemption list in respect of prescription charges.

Answered on

7 December 2021

The Department has no plans to extend the list. Our policy on entitlement to help with prescription charges in England is based on the principle that those who can afford to contribute should do so, while those who are likely to have difficulty in paying should be protected.

Extensive arrangements are in already place to help people afford National Health Service prescriptions, including a broad range of exemptions relating to age, income and medical conditions, for which someone with Parkinson’s disease or other degenerative condition may qualify. Approximately 89% of NHS prescription items are dispensed in the community free of charge. To support those who do not qualify for an exemption, the cost of prescriptions can be capped by purchasing a prescription pre-payment certificate, which can be paid for in instalments. A holder of a 12-month certificate can get all the prescriptions they need for just over £2 per week.