NHS prescription ‘season pass’ could save you up to £350

The standard prescription charge per item in the UK is GBP9.35, making a long-term medical prescription an expensive necessity for some. But you could save hundreds on your medication by purchasing an NHS “season pass”. An NHS plan allows patients to get their prescriptions at a fixed quarterly or annual cost.

And it could save you money even if you do not have an ongoing health problem. If for more than four prescription medicines over a three-month period, it could be worthwhile purchasing one of what the NHS calls a “season pass” for prescription medication, the Mirror reports. It allows patients to receive an unlimited number of prescribed NHS health and dental items over either a three or 12-month period.

READ MORE: All the cost of living support payments that are coming – and when These plans significantly cut the cost of a long-term medical diagnosis for those who do not get free prescriptions. The three-month certificate costs GBP30.25, while the 12-month plan costs GBP108.10.

As with the three-month “season pass”, the 12-month plan becomes cost-effective even if you purchase just 12 prescription medications per year. The NHS says that this season pass can save people hundreds over the course of a year, describing the cost-saving as:

  • Two items per month – You save GBP116.30 with a 12-month PPC
  • Three items per month – You save GBP228.50 with a 12-month PPC
  • Four items per month – You save GBP340.70 with a 12-month PPC

The Prepayment Certificates can be purchases online and come into effect on the day of purchase, you can find out more on their website. The NHS advises the public to check whether they qualify for free prescriptions before purchasing one of these plans.

You can use their free eligibility checker here.

Who has to pay for a prescription – and who could benefit from pass

In Scotland and Wales, all prescriptions are completely free.

Currently, in England, everyone over the age of 60 and under the age of 16 is able to get an unlimited number of prescribed items for free.

The other groups who benefit from free prescriptions are:

  • Those who are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months, with a valid maternity exemption certificate
  • Students and apprentices in a form of post-16 education
  • Anyone with a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate
  • People with a continuing physical disability that prevents you from going out without help from another person, with a valid medical exemption certificate
  • War pensioners with an exemption certificate and where the prescription is for an accepted disability
  • Any NHS inpatient
  • Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, Universal Credit and meet the financial criteria

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