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NHS rule changes could cause MILLIONs to be charged for prescriptions they now get for free

An NHS rule change could leave millions of Britons charged for prescriptions they currently receive for free.

The government is controversially considering whether to raise the qualifying age for some medical expenses.

People over 60 may be asked to start paying for their prescriptions

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People over 60 may be asked to start paying for their prescriptionsCredit: Alamy

Prescriptions for most adults in the UK cost £9.35 each but there are automatic exceptions granted to people thought to be in need of assistance.

Currently, that includes people over 60 years of age, who are granted the right to free prescription drugs.

But plans are kicking in to raise the qualifying age to 66, which will force millions of people over 60 to start gearing up for the much-needed anti-biological, disease-modifying and other drugs. set.

The proposed change is expected to impact around 2.4 million people who will have to pay an extra £100 a year.

There is still no indication of when the changes might be implemented, however, Hargreaves Lansdown analyst Sarah Coles predicts it will likely be implemented as early as April.

A report by Chemist4U shows that the price of prescriptions has increased by 26.4% over the past 10 years – an increase of £1.95 per item.

Scotland and Wales are now allowing free prescriptions for everyone, and Age UK director Caroline Abrahams says the same goes for England.

The campaigner believes the same rule will apply across the UK.

She calls the idea of ​​taking away funding from people over 60 until they turn 66 “a bitter pill to swallow millions”.

Abrahams told The Express: “We want the Government to realize this will hit people with lower incomes hardest.”

The Royal College of GPs and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society are also fighting the changes.

It is understandable that another option currently being “priority” by the Government is to raise the qualifying age to 66, but it changes from time to time.

Free access to medicines is at risk for millions

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Free access to medicines is at risk for millionsCredit: Getty – Contributor

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Huynh Nguyen

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