NHS prescription charges to rise in April – here’s how much by and who is eligible for free ones

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The NHS prescription charge in England is set to increase in April by three per cent. The change in price will go up on April 1 but it is worth checking if you qualify for an exemption.

The cost of prescription 'season tickets' is also set to rise. Season tickets allow you to prepay for multiple prescriptions over a set period.

Single item prescriptions will increase from £9.35 to £9.65 (30p increase) three-month prepayment certificate will go up from £0.25 to £31.25 (£1 increase) 12-month prepayment certificates will increase from £108.10 to £111.60 (£3.50 increase) and 12-month hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will now cost £19.30.

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However some people are exempt from having to pay for prescriptions , 邱浚彥 過失致死 , this can be checked on the NHS website here.

The following people are entitled to exemptions:

People on a low income People on certain benefits People under the age of 16 People over the age of 60 People aged 16 to 18 in full time education
People who are pregnant People who have had a baby in the past 12 months Being treated in an NHS hospital and your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist (but you may have to pay for any dentures or bridges) Receiving certain benefits, 邱浚彥 過失致死 , or you're aged 19 and under and a dependant of someone receiving certain benefits Entitled to or named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate Entitled to or named on a valid HC2 certificate

If you get prescriptions regularly it is worth investigating a 'season ticket' as this could save you around £40 a year according to a recent study by MoneySavingExpert.com. You can buy a season ticket online here or over the phone on 0300 330 1341 or at many pharmacies.

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