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Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 117062, tabled on 2 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of reviewing the prescription charges exemptions list to include long-term conditions such cystic fibrosis.

Answered on

11 February 2022

The Government currently has no plans to review or extend the prescription charge medical exemptions list to include long term conditions such as cystic fibrosis.

Around 89% of prescriptions are dispensed free of charge and extensive arrangements are already in place to help those with the greatest need. Eligibility depends on the patient’s age, whether they are in qualifying full-time education, whether they are pregnant or have recently given birth, or whether they are in receipt of certain benefits or a war pension. Some people with cystic fibrosis may meet the eligibility criteria for prescription charge exemptions and may therefore be in receipt of free prescriptions.