Changes to NHS prescription charges

The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 (‘the Amendment Regulations’) have been laid before Parliament to increase some National Health Service charges in England from 1 April 2023.

An inflation rate of 3.21 per cent has been applied, meaning prescription charges will increase by 30p from £9.35 to £9.65 for each medicine or appliance dispensed.

The cost of prescription pre-payment certificates (PPCs) will also be increased with the 3-month PPC to increase by £1 to £31.25 and 12-month PPC increases by £3.50 to £111.60.

Charges for wigs and fabric supports will also be increased with a surgical bra now set to cost £31.70 and a partial human hair wig to cost £207.

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