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NHS PRESCRIPTION PREPAYMENT CERTIFICATE
NHS in general
Member Name: suziebenn
NHS in general
Date: 14/05/10, updated on 14/05/10 (2021 review reads)
Advantages: Major money saver for some people
Disadvantages: Service not advertised
Not everyone is aware that you can get an NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) which is a major money saver for anyone that has to pay for more than four items on prescription per 3 month period or more than 14 items in 12 months.
So What Is A PPC
A PPC is an NHS certificate that you can buy either over the telephone or online and once paid for, which you can do immediately with a debit or credit card, you will be issued with a number straightaway that you can then use to get all your prescription items without further payment for the next 3 months or 12 months which ever period you opted to pay for, just tick the option on the back of the prescription that says I have a PPC and write the number at the side. A few days later you will be issued with card of similar size to a credit or store card with your name, the certificate number and valid from and expiry dates printed on. Near the expiry date you will be issued with a reminder letter from the NHS to renew your PPC should you wish to do so.
How Much Does It Cost
For a 3 month PPC the current cost is £28.25 and for a 12 month one £104.00. You can pay for the annual one by direct debit over 10 monthly installments if you wish. Bearing in mind that each item on your prescription is going to cost £7.20 an item if you need a lot of items then the saving is considerable.
I buy the 3 month one and have 15 items on repeat prescription every 3 months so that would cost £108.00 saving me nearly £80.00 per quarter and that is a considerable saving, and that is without including any extra items the doctor prescribes that are not on repeat prescription. Last month I needed 3 extra prescription items following a chest infection so that was another £21.60 saved.
Who Can Get a PPC
Anyone who is resident in England that has to pay for their prescriptions can buy a PPC, regardless of their earnings, it is available to anyone.
What does a PPC Cover
A PPC covers you for all your own NHS prescriptions no matter how many items you need until the expiry date.
I have never seen this service advertised anywhere and was only made aware that there was such a thing when my Chemist pointed it out to me when she realized how much I was spending on prescriptions.
For full details, telephone number and how to buy online visit www.directgov.co.uk type PPC in the search engine there and follow the links.
Summary: If you need a lot of prescription items it is wll worth buying