What is the difference between an NHS and Private Prescription?

An NHS prescription is issued by a National Health Service (NHS) prescriber on an NHS prescription form. If you carry an exemption then the prescription is free. Alternatively, you can purchase a Prescription Pre-payment Certificate. If neither of these applies to you, then you must pay a set fee per item in England (currently £9.15 per item). The prescription charge is a tax contribution to the NHS and is paid to the Department of Health. It is not a payment to the pharmacy nor does it bear any relationship to the cost of the medicine.

A private prescription is issued by a private prescriber or by your NHS prescriber if your treatment is not available under the NHS. The prescriber may also charge you for writing a private prescription. You will always be charged for a private prescription as it is not covered by any of the NHS exemptions. The charge will include the cost of the medicine. Our minimum private prescription charge is £4.50.

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