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Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions


The NHS prescription charge for each item is a flat-rate amount which the government charges for those who can afford to pay for their medicines.  Prescription prepayment certificates (PPC), commonly known as "season tickets", offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
The Department of Health requires you to make a declaration on the reverse of your prescription, either to say that you have paid the current charge, or are exempt on one or more specific grounds.   A false declaration is fraud, and  makes you liable to prosecution.
Exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). 
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