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NHS prescription charges to rise from April

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The cost of NHS prescriptions will increase in England from 1 April, the government has confirmed.

Prescriptions will go up by 15p to £9.15 for each medicine or appliance dispensed.

The cost of prescription pre-payment certificates (PPC) – a ‘season ticket’ for patients who know they’ll have to pay for a lot of prescriptions – will also rise.

A three-month PPC will increase by 55p to £29.65 and a 12-month PPC will go from £104 to £105.90.

The Department of Health and Social Care said the price rises are in line with inflation.

Charges for wigs and fabric supports will also go up in line with inflation:

  • Surgical brassiere: £30.05
  • Abdominal or spinal support: £45.35
  • Stock modacrylic wig: £74.15
  • Partial human hair wig: £196.40
  • Full bespoke human hair wig: £287.20

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