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Prescription Charges

Volume 928: debated on Wednesday 23 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give wider publicity to the "season ticket" arrangements for NHS prescriptions under which patients likely to need more than 10 prescriptions in a half year can save money.

I welcome this opportunity of drawing attention to the scheme under which patients who need more than 10 prescriptions in six months, or more than 17 in a year, can save money on prescription charges by buying a prepayment certificate. This is an excellent investment for patients who are not entitled to exemption but need frequent prescriptions. Information about the scheme is given on the prescription form itself, and in leaflets, forms and posters available from or displayed by doctors, pharmacists, hospitals, post offices, local social security offices and NHS family practitioner committees. I hope that doctors, pharmacists and organisations concerned with patients' welfare will continue to help in making the "season ticket" scheme known to all those whom it could benefit, and I hope that this reply will receive wide publicity.