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Asthma: Prescriptions

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th February 2019.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to include asthma in the list of conditions which are exempt from the payment of prescription charges.

Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will make an assessment of the effect on people's health of prescription charges for asthma medicines.

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

Extensive arrangements are already in place to help people afford National Health Service prescriptions. These include a broad range of prescription charge exemptions, for which someone with asthma may qualify. The Department has no current plans to amend these exemptions, including the list of medical conditions that provides exemption from prescription charges.

People on a low income, who do not qualify for an exemption, may be eligible for full or partial help with prescription charges through application to the NHS Low Income Scheme.

To support those with greatest need who do not qualify for an exemption or the NHS Low Income Scheme, prescription prepayment certificates are available. A holder of a 12-month certificate can get all the prescriptions they need for just £2 per week.

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