Prescription Changes for People with Long-Term Conditions

I understand that the prescription charge will increase this year by 20 pence, from £8.80 to £9.00 for each medicine or appliance dispensed. However, there is also an extensive system of prescription charge exemptions in England. This includes provision for people on low incomes who can apply for free prescriptions through the NHS Low Income Scheme, or who get free prescriptions due to the receipt of certain benefits.  The system of exemptions taken as a whole means that 90 per cent of prescription items are dispensed without charge. 

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