The government is consulting on aligning the upper age exemption for NHS prescription charges with the State Pension age (SPA).
In 2019, around £600 million was generated in revenue from prescription charges for frontline NHS services. Currently, people receive free prescriptions when they turn 60 in England, whereas the SPA is now 66. The consultation is seeking views from the public, and healthcare professionals on options for change including building in a period of protection.
This is so that those aged between 60 to 65 can continue to benefit from free prescriptions if the upper age exemption rises.
This consultation closes at 11:45 pm on 2 September 2021
To take part and for further information, please visit: @ent/consultations/aligning-the-upper-age-for-nhs-prescription-charge-exemptions-with-the-state-pension-age