The cost of a prescription in England will rise by 25p to £7.10 from the start of next month.
The increase in charges comes just over a week after Citizens Advice revealed as many as 800,000 people in England failed to collect a prescription last year due to the cost.
But while prescription charges are increasing in England, those in Scotland are falling.
Scotland and Wales
Charges will be reduced to £5 from April and will be free from 2011, while patients in Wales already get free prescriptions.
NHS dental charges in England will also rise from 1 April, with the basic level – such as an examination, advice and any necessary x-rays or scale and polish – going up by 30p to £16.20 from April 1.
If you do pay for prescriptions, there are ways to make it cheaper.
Consider prepayment certificates if you need prescriptions regularly. From 1 April they will cost £102.50 in England and so good value if you have more than 14 prescriptions a year.
If your doctor prescribes a drug that’s also available over the counter, check which is cheaper. However, you should consider quantities as GPs will sometimes prescribe larger amounts.