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NHS charges from April 2014


NHS prescription charge in England will increase by 20 pence from 7.85 to 8.05 for each quantity of a drug or appliance from 1 April 2014.

However, for the next two years the cost of a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) will remain at £29.10 for a 3 month certificate. The cost of the annual certificate will remain at £104.
PPCs offer savings for those needing 4 or more items in 3 months or 13 or more items in one year.
In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free. This includes exemptions from charging for
  • those on low incomes, such as:
  • those on specific benefits or through the NHS Low Income Scheme
  • those who are age exempt
  • those with certain medical conditions
Dental charges
The dental charge payable for:
  • a band 1 course of treatment will increase by 50 pence from £18 to £18.50
  • a band 2 course of treatment will increase by £1.50 from £49 to £50.50a band 3 course of treatment will increase by £5 from £214 to £219
Wigs and fabric supports
Charges will be increased by an overall 2.7% for wigs and fabric supports.
Optical vouchers
The range of NHS optical vouchers available to children, people on low incomes and individuals with complex sight problems are also being increased in value.  In order to continue to provide help with the cost of spectacles and contact lenses, optical voucher values will rise by an overall 2%

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