I was wondering if someone could tell me how much people have to pay for something on prescription in England? Or does it vary depending on the product? I am not from England so don't know about the costs involved but am at a point now where I need to get a product which I can only get through the doctor's approval.
Sorry, Dancingqueen17 is correct, it's per item not per prescription. My DH is on a shedload of medication, I would be bankrupt if I were paying £7.85 for each item every fortnight. Sheesh! (He has a pre-payment card).
First question, as you've said you are not from here, is are you entitled to NHS care? If you are and get an NHS prescription the charge is currently £7.85 per item and will rise to £8.05 on 1st April. If not you will need to see a doctor privately and get a private prescription where you pay the cost of the drug plus VAT plus a dispensing fee.
Thanks for all the responses! Really helpful! The item is for severe eczema and it is a steroid cream which I can only get through the doctor (I have looked all over online), I am guessing this will need to be paid for? I am originally from Wales and we don't have to pay for anything there! I would wait until I go home (I am at uni) but I desperately need the cream now.
Okay the uni probably has a medical centre so get yourself down there. You may be entitled to assistance due to low income but may not be worth pursuing for a single item.
Have you registered with the uni medical centre? (Here in Leeds that's an automated process so you may not have had to go in). Just thinking it will be easier to get the GP to prescribe what you need if he or she can see you've had it prescribed in the past.
Yes, it is the uni's medical centre that I am registered with. I am almost certain I have to pay because the only thing I have got with them so far is the pill and I vaguely remember her saying it must be quite a shock being in England and having to pay for everything except the pill. So just wanted to check about costs. Thanks everyone for the advice, have now booked appointment