Prescription Charging Arrangements
No charge for medication (regardless of patient's
status or income) which is:
supplied to hospital inpatients;
supplied on discharge following inpatient
supplied and administered personally
by a GP;
supplied by a GP for immediate treatment
(and no prescription form is used);
administered at a hospital or walk
supplied for personal administration
by person making the supply in accordance with a patient group
supplied for the treatment of a Sexually
Transmissible Infection (and no prescription form is used, eg
supply is by a hospital); and
which is a prescribed contraceptive
(oral or listed appliances).
No charge for prescriptions for patients who
are in one of the following categories:
Young people aged 16, 17 or 18 receiving
qualifying full-time education.
Men and Women aged 60 and over.
Pregnant women and women who have
had a child in the previous 12 months who hold a valid exemption
People who hold a valid exemption
certificate for a War Disablement Pension (but only in respect
of medication for the accepted disablement).
People suffering from the following
conditions who hold a valid exemption certificate.
Permanent Fistula (including caecostomy,
colostomy, laryngostomy, or ileostomy) which requires continuous
surgical dressing or requires an appliance.
Forms of hypoadrenalism (including
Addison's disease) for which specific substitution therapy is
Diabetes insipidus or other forms
Diabetes mellitus (except where treatment
is by diet alone).
Epilepsy requiring continuous anti-convulsive
Continuing physical disability which
prevents the patient from leaving his residence without the help
of another person.
No charge for prescriptions for patients in
the following groups determined on an income related basis:
Jobseekers' Allowance Income-based.
Pension Credit guarantee creditfor
partners under 60, recipient entitled on age grounds.
Tax credit awarded and family's annual
gross income (from 6 April 2005) is £15,050 or less with:
working tax credit and child tax
working tax credit with a disability
child tax credit and not eligible
for working tax credit
(and the patient is named on a tax
credit exemption certificate)
the patient named on an HC2 charges
certificate for full help (under the NHS Low Income Scheme). Either
partner (including civil partners from December 2005) may make
the claim with the level of help based on a comparison between
income and requirements (needs) of the individual/couple at the
time a claim is made (or a charge was paid) subject to their capital
being below a specified limit.