NHS prescription charges rise to £9.15 today with patients having to pay 15p more for their medicines. There is no charge for prescriptions in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The Hibbs Lupus Trust is a member of the Prescription Charges Coalition, calling on the government to scrap unfair prescription charges for people living with lupus and other long-term conditions.
Managing a long-term condition is a costly business for many, but for those not entitled to free prescriptions it can mean tough choices between heating the house or paying for medicine.
Prescription Charges Coalition research shows a third of people with long-term conditions of working age said they have not collected a prescription due to cost. This often leads to a deterioration in their health, and can mean extra GP appointments, hospital admissions, and time off work – all potentially costing the NHS and society more.
It’s time the system was changed. England is the only part of the UK that charges for prescriptions. It’s time that everyone with a long-term condition has access to free prescriptions.
- Single charge: £9.15
- 3-month PPC: £29.65
- 12-month PPC: £105.90