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 proportion of patients pay the full price for their prescription medicine.

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

National Health Service patients pay a fixed charge for each prescription item dispensed in primary care, unless they are exempt from prescription charges. Prescription prepayment certificates allow people who need regular NHS prescriptions to cap the cost by paying a fixed amount for an unlimited number of items. We estimate that on average 90% of NHS prescriptions are dispensed free of charge. Data is not available on what patients pay for private prescriptions.

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