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Prepayment Certificate

Currently (April 2013):-

£104.00 per year (13.2 charges)

£29.10 per 3 months (3.7 charges)

Prepayment certificates:

·     If you have to pay for your prescriptions, it is usually cheaper to buy a prepayment certificate for either 3 months or one year.

·     If you only need to collect one item a month and you are given 28 day prescriptions you will need 13 prescriptions for a year (currently £102.05), so it will cost you more to buy the prepayment certificate.

·     If you pick up 2 items monthly you would currently pay £204.10 in the year. So if you buy a prepayment certificate you will currently save £100.10 and also you will get any extra prescriptions such as antibiotics free.

In England there are a number of ways to buy a prepayment certificate:

· over the phone from the NHS Business Services Authority Tel: 0845 850 0030 and you can pay by credit card

· from the NHS Business Services Authority website  Website: www.ppa.org.uk/ppa/ppccd/patient.do

· from the pharmacist

· from your Primary Care Trust


Contact details for the NHS Business Services Authority are:

NHS Business Services Authority
PPC Issue Office
PO Box 854
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE99 2DE

Tel: 0845 850 0030

Website: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/HealthCosts/2131.aspx

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· Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland No longer charge for prescriptions



· Multiple Charges for some items - See below. These are examples of items which carry more than one charge. For many of these you will still only be charged one charge of £7.85. Check with your pharmacy.