asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of those entitled to exemption from prescription charges on grounds of low income do not apply for exemption; and how much revenue is saved as a result.
It is not known how many people might be entitled to exemption on grounds of low income. Some people with entitlement to exemption may not apply simply because they do not need to visit their doctors.At present, over 68 per cent. of all prescription items are dispensed free-of-charge under the exemption arrangements and a further 6 per cent. to holders of "season tickets".