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    So, once you reach 19 in England you have to pay for your prescription for the NHS even when you are at university. My question is, how exactly do you do this. I mean, do you have to register/sign up or do you pay with cash when you collect your prescription from the pharmacists? Also, if you're still living at home would the fact that you have to pay for prescription alert your parents to the fact that you are receiving medication? Thanks!
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    You just pay when you go to collect it. They don't tell your parents..

    If your household income is low there is this form you can fill out to get help with paying for prescription when you're a uni student. Ask your GP about it
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    Thanks a lot for the quick and informed reply, I appreciate it
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    Why would your parents know? That would breach patient confidentiality.

    Prescription costs are incredibly annoying when you're at Uni and don't have the money to pay for it... I think the Government should make it free for Uni students as well as school students.
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    (Original post by Jenjen24)
    You just pay when you go to collect it. They don't tell your parents..

    If your household income is low there is this form you can fill out to get help with paying for prescription when you're a uni student. Ask your GP about it
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    Thanks a lot for the quick and informed reply, I appreciate it
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    Why would your parents know? That would breach patient confidentiality.

    Prescription costs are incredibly annoying when you're at Uni and don't have the money to pay for it... I think the Government should make it free for Uni students as well as school students.
    Form HC1 from certain pharmacies or the job centre for a HC2 certificate.

    Your parents will not know unless they see the certificate and know you applied for it, and even then they won't know why, you could just need antibiotics for an ear infection.
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    Form HC1 from certain pharmacies or the job centre for a HC2 certificate.

    Your parents will not know unless they see the certificate and know you applied for it, and even then they won't know why, you could just need antibiotics for an ear infection.
    HC2 is the exemption form from prescription costs.

    If you're not entitled and have more than 4 prescriptions in 3 months, or 14 in 12 months, you can buy a pre payment prescription certificate. You can pay (the 12 month one at least) monthly if you don't have the money up front.
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    (Original post by minimarshmallow)
    Form HC1 from certain pharmacies or the job centre for a HC2 certificate.

    Your parents will not know unless they see the certificate and know you applied for it, and even then they won't know why, you could just need antibiotics for an ear infection.
    What are the HC1 and HC2 certificates?
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    HC2 is the exemption form from prescription costs.

    If you're not entitled and have more than 4 prescriptions in 3 months, or 14 in 12 months, you can buy a pre payment prescription certificate. You can pay (the 12 month one at least) monthly if you don't have the money up front.

    (Original post by plasmaman)
    What are the HC1 and HC2 certificates?
    HC1 is the form that you fill in if you have a low income to apply for a HC2 certificate, which exempts you from prescription costs.
    I got one (well two, as it only lasts a year) for my second two years of university after my 19th birthday. I got the maximum loan/grant but lived in fairly pricey accommodation, so that might have been why I was deemed to have a low enough income.

    I'm considering a prepayment certificate now, especially if they keep messing around with my prescriptions!

    Edit: Also, contraceptives are free, regardless of all of this, just in case that's what you're getting. I don't know, you might be a man (possible with the username) but the info is there regardless.
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    I indeed am a man, but no need for contraceptives atm! Thanks for the info though
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    I had to go to the GP today and I haven't filled in one of them forms yet. I was prescribed two different medicines which I had to pay for because I turned 19 last week. It cost me £16.10 which is absolutely ridiculous! Especially as I'm a student! So disappointed :/
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    (Original post by Jenjen24)
    I had to go to the GP today and I haven't filled in one of them forms yet. I was prescribed two different medicines which I had to pay for because I turned 19 last week. It cost me £16.10 which is absolutely ridiculous! Especially as I'm a student! So disappointed :/
    You should have asked for a refund form, which would have allowed you to have claimed the money back if you were eligible for free prescriptions.
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    FECK! Did not know you could get one! :/
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    Contraceptives are free, but any other medicine is around £8 each, which you are able to pay cash for.
 
 
 
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