Aligning the upper age for NHS prescription charge exemptions with the State Pension age
Source: Department of Health and Social Care
This consultation is seeking views on changing the upper age of age exemptions on prescription charges. 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 so those aged between 60 to 65 can continue to benefit from free prescriptions if the upper age exemption rises.
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