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The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2008

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9.—(1) Any qualifying patient may apply for a card (in these Regulations referred to as an “entitlement card”) by completing and sending a form provided for that purpose by the Agency to the address specified in the form.

(2) The Agency, on being satisfied that a person is a qualifying patient, may issue to that person an entitlement card which will be valid for a period of 5 years from the date of issue.

(3) An entitlement card which is issued confers on the qualifying patient–

(a)upon presenting an equivalent prescription form which has been issued in England to a chemist supplying pharmaceutical services under regulation 3, the right to obtain drugs and appliances at the charge specified under paragraph (1)(a)(i) or (1)(b)(i) of regulation 3, as the case may require; and

(b)the right to apply for a pre-payment certificate under regulation 8, where an application for such a certificate is accompanied by notification of the serial number of the entitlement card.

(4) For the purposes of this regulation a “qualifying patient” means a person who–

(a)is resident in Scotland; and

(b)receives primary medical services under Part 4 of the National Health Service Act 2006(1) from a provider who is contracted to provide such services with a Primary Care Trust;

(5) Where a qualifying patient receives pharmaceutical services under regulation 3 by presenting a valid entitlement card and an equivalent prescription form to a chemist, in regulation 3(6)–

(a)“the sum referred to in paragraph (1)(b)(ii)” shall read as “the sum specified in paragraph (1)(b)(i)”; and

(b)“the sum referred to in paragraph (1)(a)(ii)” shall read as “the sum specified in paragraph (1)(a)(i)”.

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