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Prescription charges to rise by 20p

Prescription charges in England are to rise by 20 pence to £7.85 per item from 1st April 2013, the Government has announced.

In a statement to the House of Commons, health minister Earl Howe said: ‘Regulations will be laid before the House shortly to increase certain NHS charges in England from 1 April 2013.

‘There will be an increase in the prescription charge of 20p from £7.65 to £7.85 for each quantity of a drug or appliance dispensed.’

However, the cost of a prescription prepayment certificate will remain the same for another year at £29.10 for a three-month certificate and £104 for an annual certificate. These certificates offer savings for patients needing four or more items in three months or 14 or more items in one year.

Earl Howe said charges would also increase by 2.5% for wigs and fabric supports such as surgical brassieres and abdominal or spinal supports. There will also be increases in dental charges.

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  • This is appalling! Why should England have to finance the likes of Scotland and Wales, neither of these "countries" make their patients pay vast amounts for Px charges. This is another typical "rip off Britain" thing that just continues to annoy the populous living in these parts. It will come to a time in the not too distant future; when patients choose to either eat or pay for their medications. Most adults have Px to shell out for, this is becoming a thorn in patients sides as the cost of fuel and of living soars, so too does the cost of medicines. It won't be that far off before the generosity of this current government make the patient shell out for GP consultations..........A trip down memory lane for some of us (1940's/1950's)!

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