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  • Writer's pictureHealthwatch Portsmouth

Save £££ if you have to pay for more than 12 prescriptions in a year

You can save money if you use at least 12 individual prescriptions a year by paying for a pre-payment certificate (PPC).

If you buy a 12 month PPC at a cost of £108.10 which gives you access to an unlimited number of prescriptions you can save money if you have more than 12 individual prescriptions and pay for each one individually @£9.35 .

Martin Lewis, founder of, said: "England is the only one of the four UK nations that charges for prescriptions, and so it's frustrating to hear that many people are still paying more than they need to – especially at a time when every penny counts towards bills.

"We need to spread the word to anyone who regularly gets prescriptions – including some with chronic illnesses – to check out prescription prepayment certificates."

Martin urges people to get a PPC before any prescription increases, which usually go up each April.

People can buy a three month or 12 month PPC and the cost can be spread over 10 months via direct debit. Here is the link to purchasing a pre-payment certificate which features on the NHSBA page on PPCs.

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