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Prescription fees set to increase to £9 from April 2019

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Nine pounds an item is an eye-watering amout to have to find for the "lucky" few who have to pay for their prescriptions in an NHS that is supposed to be free at the point of use. Why not simply charge 50p an item for everyone, with perhaps a £2.50 maximum charge? This would also, I suppose, contribute to the £22bn in efficiency savings that the Health Minister is seeking both by way of the charges collected and also by way of reducing the ordering of unneeded repeat prescriptions. I find it difficult to believe that people in the UK would be unable to afford 50p an item. And in any case, given that a good deal of ill-health is actually being caused by over-indulgence in, and therefore spending on, "food, fags, drugs, & booze", such a charge will also serve in some degree to incentivise health-beneficial lifestyle changes.

Posted date

26 FEB 2019

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8:52

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