The proposal suggested that the age of free prescription could be raised to bring it into line with the statutory retirement age – currently 66. The question has not yet been decided, but even the prospect of change worries some people.
Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to Sharon Rodgers, a 64-year-old from Nottingham.
She expressed concern over the proposal which would potentially see the age of free prescription increased from 60 to 66.
Ms Rodgers explained: ‘The prescription debacle is just another thing older people have to worry about.
“If there’s an age change, that’s another issue we’ll have to deal with.
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“But even being able to come up with the money for it when you’re absolutely broke would be really difficult.
“This is especially the case because of this cost of living crisis, which affects most people.
“Energy bills are going up, council tax is going up, what else is going to go up? It’s definitely having an effect on my life.
“If the age of free prescription changes, it just adds another cost that many of us just can’t afford.”
Ms Rodgers explained how she tries to keep her entertainment and social life free by participating in activities that do not require a fee.
She hopes to be able to manage the cost of living crisis.
However, she still hopes that the prescription free age will remain the same.
Ms Rodgers concluded: “I just see it as taking people’s money on the sly, all these changes that we weren’t aware of.
“Really, I just think things like that are totally wrong.”
A Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “We recognize the pressures people are facing with the rising cost of living and we are taking action to support households, including freezing dispensing fees for the first time in 12 years.
“Thanks to our extensive arrangements to help people pay NHS prescription costs, almost 89% of prescription items in England are already provided free of charge.”