Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Royston Smith Royston Smith Conservative, Southampton, Itchen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the quantum of change is for the prescription charge in each of the last five years.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The following table shows the change in prescription charges since 2014/15.

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

Prescription charge per item dispensed

£8.05

£8.20

£8.40

£8.60

£8.80

Increase in prescription charge

20p

15p

20p

20p

20p

Real increase in prescription charge (%)

1.1

1.2

0.2

0.5

0.8

The cost of a 3-month Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) has been frozen since 2011/12 and the 12-month PPC has been frozen since 2009/10.

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