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Prescription Charges

Volume 80: debated on Tuesday 11 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the eligibility requirements for gaining exemption from prescription charges; and which disabilities satisfy the requirements.

Exemption from prescription charges is available to people in the following categories. The list includes those medical conditions which confer entitlement to exemption.

  • 1.Children under 16.
  • 2.Men aged 65 or over and women aged 60 or over.
  • 3.Pregnant women or women who have had a baby within the preceding 12 months.
  • 4.people who get Supplementary Benefit, Family Income Supplement or Housing Benefit Supplement, their partners and dependants.
  • 5.War or service pensioners (for items for their accepted disablement only).
  • 6.People who qualify on low income grounds, their partners and dependants.
  • 7.People who have—
  • (i) a permanent fistula (including caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy or ileostomy) requiring continuous surgical dressing or an applicance;
  • (ii) one of the following disorders for which specific substitution therapy is essential:
  • Addison's disease and other forms of hypoadrenalism,
  • diabetes insipidus and other forms of hypopituitarism,
  • diabetes mellitus,
  • hypoparathyroidism,
  • myasthenia gravis,
  • myxoedema;
  • (iii) epilepsy requiring continuous anti-convulsive therapy;
  • (iv) a continuing physical disability which prevents the patient from leaving his residence without the help of another person.