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Univ Credit and Prescriptions

Post by El-dudeareno on Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:41 am

I was wondering if anyone knows if you are still entitled to free prescription while you are in the limbo period, when being transferred to the Universal credit from another benefit? As you might not be covered for this period. If not, could you ask the doctor to prescribe extra medication to cover you for this 5 x week period. Or do you have to go without for this period, if you can’t afford the prescription fee of £8.80 per item!  pale



NHS prescription costs
• current prescription charge – £8.80 per item (£17.60 per pair of elastic hosiery)
• three-month PPC – £29.10; this will save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months
• 12-month PPC – £104.00; this will save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year


https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Pages/Prescriptioncosts.aspx


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Re: Univ Credit and Prescriptions

Post by Absolut on Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:56 am

I think the answer is no, not without an award of some type of benefit or proof of zero income up to a certain date.

https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/universal-credit-help-your-patients-avoid-costly-mistakes

Universal Credit (UC) does not automatically entitle patients to help with their health costs. To qualify, patients must be included in a UC award

Patients [may] qualify for help through the NHS Low Income Scheme
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Re: Univ Credit and Prescriptions

Post by Absolut on Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:58 am

https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/universal-credit-what-you-need-to-know/

Pharmacy staff must ensure:
At the point at which the patient is asked to declare their exemption on the back of the prescription form, they check that the patient has a valid UC award letter notice bearing their name (either as the recipient or because they are a partner or child of the recipient) as evidence of valid entitlement.
   
Where patients do not have evidence or where there is doubt over whether the evidence provided is appropriate, the “Evidence not Seen” box on the back of the prescription should be marked with an X by pharmacy staff. Pharmacy staff need not refuse to dispense items on the basis that the patient does not provide evidence of their entitlement to free prescriptions.

Ask patient to tick the appropriate exemption box and sign the declaration . In the absence of a UC box ask the patient to tick the “income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance” exemption, until the prescription forms are updated.

Remind the patient they should make sure they are still eligible each month i.e. in case their circumstances change or check if their earnings are still within the threshold limits during their most recent monthly assessment period.

Inform the patient that it is their responsibility to determine the accuracy of the declaration they make. NHS Protect have a responsibility to check for prescription charge exemption fraud and patients found to have wrongly claimed for free prescriptions, could face a penalty charge, the prescription charge required and in some cases prosecution.

If a patient is unsure whether they are entitled to free prescriptions, pharmacy staff should advise the patient to pay for their prescription and provide them with an  FP57 form with information on how to claim a refund at a later date.
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Re: Univ Credit and Prescriptions

Post by Non Deficere on Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:54 am

Thanks Absolut


Edit:
UC & NHS charges exemption - NHS BSA doesn’t understand UC?
https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/12939/
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