HC Deb 21 November 1984 vol 68 c204W
Mr. Parry

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he has any plans to extend eligibility for exemptions from paying prescription charges.

Mr. John Patten

[pursuant to his reply, 19 November 1984, c. 68]: The existing exemption arrangements together with the prepayment certificate system ensure that no one need be deprived of necessary medication on financial grounds; some 72 per cent. of prescribed items are dispensed free of charge and a further 6 per cent. are dispensed to holders of pre-payment certificates. While we have sympathy for anyone with continuing prescription needs who does not qualify for exemption we have no proposals for change.

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