Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs).
The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines.Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
From 1 April 2017, the charges are:
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC. The charge for a single prescription item is £8.05, whereas a three month PPC will cost you £29.10 and a 12 month PPC £104.00.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
Mid-Essex CCG has asked GPs to reduce their prescribing of some medicines that are readily available to purchase because:
In some circumstances your doctor can still prescribe these medicines on the NHS.
GPs are asked not to prescribe the following:
28 day prescribing :In line with Department of Health guidelines we do not generally issue more than 28 days’ supply of medication.
Pharmacy Prescriptions: When presenting yor prescription to a pharmacy please ensure they have all items in stock before you pay. We have become aware that some patients are having part of their prescription dispensed and then waiting for a period of days for other items. If the pharmacy cannot provide all the items together and you cannot wait for orders to be recieved you are advised to try a different pharmacy.