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Prescription costs up by 25p in England

Charge increases to £7.10 from start of April

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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.

Prepayment certificates

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.

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