End unfair prescription charges

Asthma UK is campaigning for an end to prescription charges for everyone with a long-term condition.

People with asthma shouldn't be forced to pay for the prescriptions they need. That's why we're calling for an urgent review of the current prescription charges system in England.

Those with asthma often need to take several medicines regularly to stay well. We think it's unfair that people with asthma have to pay for their prescriptions when people with other conditions don't. We need an urgent review of this outdated system.

What are we campaigning for?

Asthma UK is campaigning for an end to prescription charges for everyone with a long-term condition as part of the Prescription Charges Coalition.

If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you don't have to pay prescription charges. But recent governments have sadly failed to extend free prescriptions to people with long-term conditions in England - leaving people with asthma continuing to pay.

Until prescription charges are ended, we want the Government to raise awareness of schemes such as the Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPC). PPCs are effectively prescription 'season tickets' which save money for patients who are regularly prescribed a number of prescription items.

Campaign success

In 2012 the Coalition called on the current Government to freeze the cost of Prescription Prepayment Certificates as an interim measure until 2015. We asked all our supporters to sign a petition and since 2012, the cost of PPCs has remained at £29.10 for a three-month certificate and £104 for the annual certificate.

Read more on the Prescription Charges Coalition website.

Help with Prescription Costs

Find out more on current prescription charges and exemptions, Prescription Prepayment Certificates and general help with health costs.