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NHS charges to increase from April 2012

The NHS prescription charge will increase to £7.65 per item from 1 April 2012.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) prices remain unchanged.

NHS charges for wigs and fabric supports and dental charges will increase and there will be changes to NHS optical voucher values from 1 April 2012.

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Prepayment certificates

People who have to pay NHS prescription charges and need them regularly or need a lot of prescription items could save money with a Prescription Prepayment Certificate. PPC holders pay no further charge at the point of dispensing and there is no limit to the number of items the holder may obtain via the certificate.

PPCs can be ordered from the NHS Business Services Authority, or by phoning 0845 850 0030

Published 1 March 2012