• Prescription Charges

    A prescription charge is the fixed amount of charge that is needed to be paid per item on prescription. This item may consist of one drugs or more. The flate rate prescription charges are independent of the real drugs cost. This prescription charges exist in two countries. The countries are Austria and United Kingdom.

    Prescription Charges in United Kingdom
     United Kingdom consist of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. From these countries, only England implement the prescription charges. The National Health Service(NHS) are responsible in providing the prescription to the patient. NHS is  the combination of three of the four publicly funded healthcare systems in the United Kingdom. They provide a comprehensive range of health services, the vast majority of which are free at the point of use to residents of the United Kingdom The amount of money charge by the NHS of England is  £7.40.

    However in England, there are some exception in the prescription charges. You will not have to pay for prescriptions if you are in one of the following categories. You qualify for free prescriptions if any one of the following applies. You are:

    • in receipt of income-related employment and support allowance, income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance or pension credit guarantee credit (including partners);
    • aged under 16;
    • aged under 19 and in full-time education;
    • age 60;
    • live in Northern Ireland
    • live in Scotland
    • live in Wales
    • getting child tax credit, or working tax credit and in receipt of an NHS tax credit exemption certificate;
    • a war/service pensioner and the prescription is for your accepted disablement;
    • a permanent resident in a care home and your place is wholly or partly funded by a local authority;
    • an NHS hospital in-patient;
    • a young care leaver in England who is being maintained by a local authority;
    • able to qualify under the low income scheme ;
    • an asylum seeker, or their partner or dependent child, supported by the National Asylum Support Services (NASS);
    • pregnant or have had a baby during the last twelve months and hold a valid maternity or valid medical exemption certificate;
    • receiving treatment for a sexually transmissible infection if the medication is supplied by a hospital or Primary Care Trust clinic;
    • receiving treatment for tuberculosis - the drugs in relation to your treatment are free;
    • subject to a community treatment order - the drugs in relation to your treatment are free;
    • suffering from a specified condition