The cost of pre-paid prescription certificates (PPC) will remain frozen for another year, health minister Lord O’Shaughnessy confirmed on Wednesday (February 21).
The three-month PPC will remain at £29.10, while an annual PPC will stay at £104.
“Taken together, this means prescription charge income is expected to rise broadly in line with inflation,” Lord O’Shaughnessy said in a statement.
Patients with certain medical conditions – including cancer, epilepsy and diabetes – as well as pregnant women, new mothers, children under 16, anyone over 60, and those on a low income, will remain exempt from prescription charges.
The Northern Irish government launched a consultation in December to seek views on whether to reintroduce prescription charges to help “balance the budget”.