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Prescription costs

I am British, over 62, and only have a private doctor. Am I eligible for free prescriptions despite not having an NHS GP?

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Under the NHS, in the UK you can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you are 60 years of age or over. Unfortunately, a private doctor normally charges patients for prescriptions irrespective of age. A prescription that your private doctor issues you will then need to be paid for.

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