NHS prescription: Britons risk £100 fine for prescription fraud – ‘check before you tick’ | Personal finance | Finance
More than 10 million Britons depend on prescription drugs every year and, at £9.35 per item, the costs can soon add up. While many people are entitled to free prescriptions, Britons are being reminded they could face a £100 fine if they tick the wrong box.
In the five years to 2019, 5.6 million penalty notices were issued against people who mistakenly checked the box indicating they were entitled to free prescriptions.
Prescription fraud costs the NHS millions of pounds a year – in 2017 to 2018 it cost the taxpayer £11.2million.
NHS England is reminding patients to check their entitlement to free prescriptions through its ‘Check Before You Tick’ campaign.
People who claim free NHS prescriptions or dental treatment to which they are not entitled could face a £100 penalty, even if it is in error.
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Anyone who does not qualify for this assistance should consider investing in a prepayment certificate (PPC).
This allows people to buy as many NHS prescriptions as they need for a single cost.
This works out to £30.25 for three months or £108.10 for a year and can be purchased from the NHS website.
Depending on how many prescriptions a person needs throughout the year, this could save them a fortune.
People who receive five DWP benefits should be eligible for free prescriptions, such as:
- Income support
- Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance.
- Pension credit (guarantee credit element)
- Some Universal Credit Applicants
To check, people should use the free prescription checker at www.nhs.uk