Freezing will help reduce the burden on households, saving 17 million pounds
Comes with NHS record public investment to address Covid and reduce waiting time
The NHS prescription fee will be frozen for the first time in 12 years to help with the cost of living.
Expenditures usually increase in line with average inflation. This year – a step that has not been observed for more than ten years – the cost of prescriptions will remain the same to ease the pressure on life and ensure the availability of prescription drugs.
This means that people in England who pay for prescriptions save a total of £ 17 million. The prescription fee will remain at £ 9.35 for a one-off fee or £ 30.25 for a 3-month prescription prepayment certificate (PPC). The 12-month PPC will remain at £ 108.10 and can be paid in installments, which means people can get all the medicines they need for just over £ 2 a week.
In addition to the payment freeze, the NHS low-income scheme offers prescription payment assistance, with free prescriptions for individuals eligible in certain groups such as retirees, students and those receiving state benefits or living in nursing homes.
Health and Social Welfare Minister Sajid Javid said:
“The increase in the cost of living was inevitable as we face the global challenges and consequences of Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine. While we can’t completely prevent these ups and downs where we can help – we will definitely do.
“That’s why I’m freezing the prescription fee to help ease some of that pressure and get the money back into people’s pockets.”
The government and the Health Service are working to close the gap on COVID-19 by reforming regular care services, ending long waits and improving patient care. The pandemic has put tremendous pressure on health and care services, and over the next three years a record £ 39 billion will be invested as part of the collection on health and care, so the NHS has the necessary funding. The NHS is opening new surgical centers and 160 public diagnostic centers to give patients easier access to tests closer to home – 88 are already open, providing more than 800,000 scans.
In addition, last month’s bill on health and medical care received royal approval, enacting the most significant health care legislation in ten years. This marks an important step in the government’s ambitious health and health care program, creating systems and structures to reform how adult health and social services work together, tackling long waiting lists compiled during a pandemic, and addressing some long-term challenges. faced across the country, including population growth and aging, chronic diseases and inequalities in health outcomes.
The government is listening to people’s concerns and is focused on supporting the lowest paid in society, taking action worth more than £ 22bn in 2022-23 to help with electricity bills and ensure people save more of their money. This includes raising the threshold at which people start paying national insurance, to £ 12,570, which means a tax cut of £ 330 a year for 30 million workers in July. National wages rose to £ 9.50 an hour – an additional £ 1,000 a year for full-time workers, and taxes were reduced for the lowest paid workers on Universal Credit – so they could keep more earnings.
Prescription freezing will also apply to NHS wigs and fabric stands; these prices will remain at the current level:
- Surgical bra 30.70 pounds
- Abdominal or spine support £ 46.30
- Stock Madocryl wig £ 75.70
- A partial wig made of human hair is £ 200.50
- Fully custom made wig made of human hair £ 293.20
You are exempt from fines if:
- 60 and over
- have up to 16 years
- from 16 to 18 and full-time
- you are pregnant or have given birth in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity certificate (MatEx)
- have a medical condition and have a valid MedEx exemption certificate
- have a long-term physical disability that prevents you from leaving without the help of another person, and have a valid medical certificate of release (MedEx)
- have a valid certificate of exemption from military pension, and the prescription is for your disability
- are in the NHS hospital.