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BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6940 (Published 19 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6940

Prescription charge rise could raise £1.5bn for NHS: Increasing the prescription charge from £7.85 (€9.35; $12.60) to £10 and the cost of a prescription prepayment certificate from £104 to £120 would raise £130m a year for the NHS, the think tank Reform says in a new report.1 Alternatively, it suggests cutting the proportion of free prescriptions from 60% to 20%, which would raise £1.4bn a year, while the prescription charge itself would fall to £3. After changing prescription charges, policy makers should consider introducing charges for GP consultations, says the report.

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