228320 - Prescriptions: Fees and Charges (Answered)

Toby Perkins
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the change in prescription charges has been in real terms in each year since 2009-10.

George Freeman

Information is provided in the table.

Annual prescription charge increase per item dispensed, in England, in real terms, 2009 to 2015

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) deflator: year on year growth (%)

2.6

2.8

1.8

1.7

2.1

1.7

1.4

Prescription charge per item dispensed (£)

7.20

7.20

7.40

7.65

7.85

8.05

8.20

Increase in prescription charge (%)

-

0.0

2.8

3.4

2.6

2.5

1.9

Real increase in prescription charge (%)

-

-2.7

1.0

1.7

0.5

0.8

0.5

The GDP deflators for 2014/15 and 2015/16 are based on Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts published in the Economic and Fiscal Outlook (March 2015)

The cost of a three-month Prescription Pre-payment Certificate (PPC) has been frozen since 2011/12 and the 12-month PPC has been frozen since 2009/10. 90% of items are dispensed free.