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Prescriptions (Costs)

Volume 773: debated on Friday 22 November 1968

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the average total cost per prescription to the National Health Service in each year from 1960 to date; and what number of prescriptions were issued in those years.

Numbers and costs of prescriptions dispensed by Chemists Appliance contractors in England and Wales for the years 1960 to 1967 and the period January to August, 1968 were as follows:—

Prescriptions (Millions)Average total cost per prescription d.
1960218·68586·9
1961205·01697·3
1962196·626106·1
1963205·462112·1
1964209·375121·0
1965244·346123·8
1966261·954126·8
1967271·206129·4
1968 (Jan.—Aug.)182·194134·1