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Can a UK student get free prescriptions?

Asked by Taz0007 (145 points ) September 30th, 2011

I am a University Student in the UK. Can I apply to get free medical prescriptions? I’ve heard there’s a form you can fill out. If so how long does it usually take them to proccess it?

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trickface's avatar

There is such a form and you can get free prescriptions however I have no idea how long it takes from form to approval.

flutherother's avatar

If you are on a low income, but have not yet got your exemption certificate, then get a receipt form from the pharmacist when your prescription is dispensed. Note that you cannot get one later. When you get your exemption certificate, send the receipt form to the address on the form to get a refund
PS I would also keep a copy just in case.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Students only get free prescription if they are under 19.

To claim for free prescriptions due to low income you need to be claiming income support, jobseekers allowance or Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.

Certain conditions entitle you to free prescriptions such as diabetes.

If you are going to need more than 3 prescriptions in a 3 month period you can get a prepaid certificate for £29.10 that will cover all your prescriptions for 3 months (its only worth the effort if you’ll need it more than 3 times).

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