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People in the following categories are automatically exempt from prescription charges; children under 16, under 19 who are in full-time education, people over 60 years of age, pregnant women and women who have had a baby in the last 12 months, people getting DHSS benefits and people with specific medical conditions.

It is sometimes worthwhile to buy a season ticket for pre-payment of prescription charges. A prescription charge (April 2013) is £9.00 per item. Season tickets (April 2013) will cost £29.10 for three months and £104.00 for one year. This means that when using a season ticket, once 15 items have been dispensed, the ticket has paid for itself. £104.00 may sound a lot, but it works out at £2.00 per week for all your prescriptions. Compared to the actual cost of medication this represents excellent value. 
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