Free NHS prescriptions: Shocking price increases revealed – find out how much your costs have increased.
According to government proposals, prescription drug prices for those under the age of 66 may be about to rise.
Now, shocking data reveals how much our medication has increased over time.
Prescriptions for people aged 60 to 65 could undergo a significant change, with government proposals implying that access to free NHS prescriptions will be aligned with the state pension age of 66.
Those over 60 but under 66 may have to pay for their NHS prescriptions unless they are exempt.
In England, the average cost of an NHS prescription is £9.35.
Currently, Britons who want to save money by purchasing a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) must pay £30.25 for three months, and £108.10 for a 12-month PPC.
The Socialist Health Association has compiled data from Hansard to show how much this has increased over time – and how much more it has cost you.
For the first time in 1995, an NHS prescription charge surpassed £5, costing £5.25 today.
By 2000, it had risen to £5.95, before falling to £6.50 in 2005.
The charges had risen to £7.20 in 2010, before rising to £7.65 in 2012.
And it’s not just us who is footing the bill.
Despite having a strong negotiating position with pharmaceutical companies, the NHS still has to pay large sums of money each year to obtain the medications it needs to treat patients.
“The NHS spends around £16 billion a year on drugs, of which about £9 billion comes from GP prescribing and £7 billion comes from hospital treatment (of which about half is directly reimbursed by NHS England’s specialized services budget),” according to the NHS’s Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View.
The NHS drugs bill increased by more than 7% in 2016, the year before the publication of the Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View, with hospital-driven prescribing seeing the most growth.
According to Kingsfund.org, NHS spending on medicines in England increased from £13 billion to £17.4 billion between 2010-11 and 2016-17, representing an “average annual growth of around 5%.”
According to The Lowdown, a health-focused evidence-based website, “According to the most recent data from NHS Digital, the overall drugs cost at list price in the NHS in 201920 was £20.9 billion.”
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