UK aims to deter prescription fraudBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7126.167f (Published 17 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:167
- John Warden
Doctors as well as patients are to be targeted in a new drive against prescription fraud being introduced by the British government.
Prescription fraud costs the NHS about £100m ($160m) a year, mostly through patients evading the £5.85 charge. Fraud by contractors is estimated at £10m a year but could be higher.
The proposals are part of a government package to stamp out fraud and are based on a scrutiny report …