NHS prescription charges to rise

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The price of a single NHS prescription for medicine or appliance in England will rise by 20p from £8.40 to £8.60 from April, the government has announced.

The Department of Health said the cost of an annual pre-payment certificate, which allows unlimited prescriptions within a specified time period, would remain at £104.  Prescriptions are free in the rest of the UK. In England, it is estimated that only around 10% of the population have to pay for them.

The existing arrangements for prescription charge exemptions remain unchanged covering people with certain conditions like cancer, epilepsy and diabetes, pregnant women and new mothers, children under 16 and anyone over 60, and people on a low income.

Dental charges will also rise, meaning a band one course of treatment and urgent treatment will increase by 90p from £19.70 to £20.60, a band two course of treatment will increase by £2.40 from £53.90 to £56.30, and a band three course of treatment will increase by £10.60 from £233.70 to £244.30.

Related: BBC News

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