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PDA IN THE NEWS: Keeping prescriptions free for the over 60s

Last week, PDA Policy Officer Balraj Rai was interviewed on the BBC Radio Shropshire Jim Hawkins Show regarding government plans to change prescription charges for over 60s by linking free prescriptions to the state pension age.

Wed 25th August 2021 The PDA

Here Balraj discussed the effect that changes to prescription charges could have on patients and how this could impact on a patients’ health. Balraj explained that if the criteria for free prescriptions is narrowed, many patients will have to make the hard choice of deciding  which of their prescriptions are most important, and only purchasing those, as they may not be able to afford to pay for all of their prescriptions.

Balraj also explained that pharmacists are worried that they will be seen as revenue takers, rather than healthcare professionals working to help patients, if this change is implemented.


Please note that as of 25 August 2021, this recording will be available for 24 more days. The interview starts 1 hour, 17 minutes and 36 seconds in into the show.


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