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Cost of English medical appliance/pharmaceutical prescriptions up:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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On April 1 there will be a £0.10 ($0.19) rise in the cost of prescriptions in England to £6.40, for medical appliances as well as for pharmaceuticals. Under the new NHS charges, medical stockings and other fabric supports supplied through the hospital system will undergo a similar increase. The cost of a spinal/abdominal support will be £32.50 (from £32). Prescription charges will raise some £462m in England in 2004- 05. NHS charges in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are set by the devolved administrations.

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