A Government consultation discussed increasing the age at which older people can access free NHS prescriptions in England from 60 to 66.

    The meeting that discussed what age people can access free medicine closed in September but an age has not yet been reached.

    Currently, those over 60 do not have to pay for their prescriptions but this could be increased to the state pension age which is six years older.

    It comes amid fears that prescription prices will also be raised despite the cost of living crisis already affecting families in the UK.

    Who can get free prescriptions?

    People requiring medication in England have to pay for their prescription unless they are exempt due to the age, income or medical condition.

    You can get a free prescription if you are:

    • Aged 60 or over
    • Under the age of 16
    • Aged 16 to 18 in full-time education
    • Pregnant or have had a baby in the past 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MedEx)
    • Have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption (MedEx)
    • Have a continuing physical disability that prevents you going out and have a valid medical exemption (MedEx)
    • Hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
    • An NHS inpatient
    • Receiving income support, jobseekers allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, pension credit guarantee credit or a universal credit that meets the criteria
    • Partners with someone receiving income support, jobseekers allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, pension credit guarantee credit or a universal credit that meets the criteria
    • Named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
    • Named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

    Check if your eligible here.

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    Certain medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, epilepsy and hypoadrenalism receive free NHS prescriptions. A credit-card-sized card is issued to the person if they have a valid illness which shows they are exempt from medical payments.

    How do you get a prescription?

    A prescription is a formal communication from a GP or health-care professional to a pharmacist authorising a specific drug to be dispensed to an individual patient that needs it.

    Most prescriptions are now signed, sent and processed electronically rather than by paper.

    The healthcare professional sends the prescription to a chosen dispenser – the pharmacy the patient would like to collect their medication from.

    Paper prescriptions are being continued in special circumstances.

    Repeat prescriptions are used if a medication is needed to be continually used. A repeat prescription can be ordered here.

    Why could the age change?

    Vulnerable older people could choose between their food and medicine if the Government increases the age for free prescriptions, campaigners have warned.

    They could raise the upper age exemption from 60 to 66, the state pension age, with could be a “disaster for tens of thousands of people who may face a new barrier to accessing their vital medicine,” the Presciption Charges Coalition said

    The Government said that people can work as long as they want to, meaning that they can be “economically active and more able to meet the cost of their prescriptions”.

    Generating more money from prescription charges could help the front line services but the coalition said life would become “unmanageable” for older people who struggle.

    There are fears that changing the prescription charges may mean some patients do not take their medication as they try to make it last longer. This will negatively impact their health and place more pressure on NHS services.

    How much do prescriptions cost?

    Prescriptions in England cost £9.35.

    There are money saving options for those who need regular medicine. A 12-month prescription prepayment certificate is for those who need more than 11 items a year and costs £108.10.

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    Do you still get free prescriptions at 60?
    You can get a free prescription if you are: Aged 60 or over. Under the age of 16. Aged 16 to 18 in full-time education. more
    Are free prescriptions ending for over 60s?
    The meeting that discussed what age people can access free medicine closed in September but an age has not yet been reached. Currently, those over 60 do not have to pay for their prescriptions but this could be increased to the state pension age which is six years older. more
    Will over 60 still get free prescriptions?
    The meeting that discussed what age people can access free medicine closed in September but an age has not yet been reached. Currently, those over 60 do not have to pay for their prescriptions but this could be increased to the state pension age which is six years older. more
    Are prescriptions free at 60?
    Currently, those over 60 do not have to pay for their prescriptions but this could be increased to the state pension age which is six years older. more
    How do I get free prescriptions at 60?
    If you're 60 or over, you may need to show proof of age to the pharmacist to get free prescriptions. If you qualify through the NHS Low Income Scheme you will either get HC2 certificate that entitles you to full help or HC3 certificate for partial help with health costs. more
    Are free prescriptions for over 60s ending?
    Everyone aged over 60 gets free prescriptions. If you're under 60 you can save money on prescriptions by buying prescription prepayment certificates from the NHS for 3 months or 12 months. This covers all your prescriptions for that period, regardless of how many you need. more
    Do 60 year olds get free prescriptions?
    Everyone aged over 60 gets free prescriptions. If you're under 60 you can save money on prescriptions by buying prescription prepayment certificates from the NHS for 3 months or 12 months. more
    Are prescriptions still free for over 60s?
    Currently, anyone aged 60 and older can get their medicine without having to pay. more
    Will I get free prescriptions at 60?
    You can get a free prescription if you are: Aged 60 or over. Under the age of 16. Aged 16 to 18 in full-time education. more
    Are prescriptions for over 60s free?
    Currently, anyone aged 60 and older can get their medicine without having to pay. more
    Are free prescriptions stopping for over 60s?
    While many people hoped plans to charge the over 60s for their free prescriptions would be shelved, the DHSC has said the consultation to increase the exemption to state pension age (currently 66) is still ongoing. more

    Source: www.msn.com

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