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NHS launches instant digital prescription season tickets

NHS launches instant digital prescription season tickets

Patients can now apply online for a prescription season ticket, and receive a digital certificate instantly, which will save them having to relaim the £8.80 they pay for each prescription whilst waiting for their new paper certificate

The digital prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) is now available to buy online and it covers all of a patient's prescriptions for a three or 12-month period (costs £29.10 or £104 respectively).

The current system being phased out was, patients had to pay for prescriptions, and then reclaim the costs, while they waited up to seven working days for their certificate to arrive through the post. Some claimed that the process was difficult and that they were unable to get cash back, having fallen foul of the rules.

From April, the paper application process for the PPC will be phased out, but you'll still be able to apply in pharmacies and over the phone.

As a rule of thumb, if you pay for at least 12 prescriptions in a year – or four in a three-month period – you can likely save with a prepay certificate.

The current prescription charge in England is £8.80 per item. 

A PPC costs:

  • £29.10 for 3 months
  • £104 for 12 months
  • £10.40 per month by direct debit for 10 months

If you need:

  • two items each month – you can save more than £100 with a 12-month PPC
  • three items each month – you can save £212 with a 12-month PPC
  • four items each month – you can save £318 with a 12-month PPC

Price is fixed for the year - so you miss out on the usual annual prescription charge increase each April.

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