Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

Department of Health written question – answered on 6th September 2017.

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Photo of Alec Shelbrooke Alec Shelbrooke Conservative, Elmet and Rothwell

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the cost to the public of a Prescription Prepayment Certificate has remained at the same level while costs of individual prescriptions have risen.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Government is committed to making prescriptions affordable to everyone, including to people who may need a large number of prescriptions. Whilst the standard prescription charge has been uplifted year on year to remain broadly in line with inflation and raise valuable revenue for the National Health Service, the Government took the decision to freeze the cost of the three-month and 12-month prescription prepayment certificates to support those with the greatest need.

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