New Prescription Charges from 1st April 2019
Regulations have been laid before Parliament to increase certain National Health Service charges in England from 1 April 2019.
In the 2015 spending review, the government committed to support the Five Year Forward View with £10 billion investment in real terms by 2020 to 2021 to fund frontline NHS services. Alongside this, the government expects the NHS to deliver £22 billion of efficiency savings to secure the best value from NHS resources and primary care must play its part.
This year, therefore, there will be an increase to the prescription charge by 20 pence from £8.80 to £9 for each medicine or appliance dispensed. To ensure that those with the greatest need, and who are not already exempt from the charge, are protected the cost of the prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) has been frozen for another year. The 3-month PPC remains at £29.10 and the cost of the annual PPC will stay at £104.
Details of the revised charges for 2019 to 2020 can be found below.
• Single charge: £9
• 3-month PPC (no change): £29.10
• 12-month PPC (no change): £104