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The National Health Service (Free Prescriptions and Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2011

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4.—(1) No charge is payable under these Regulations by—

(a)a person who is under the age of 16 years;

(b)a person who is under the age of 19 years and is receiving qualifying full time education within the meaning of paragraph 7 (full time education) of Schedule 11 to the Act(1);

(c)a person who is aged 60 years of age or over;

(d)a woman to whom a Health Board has issued an exemption certificate on the ground that she is an expectant mother or has within the last 12 months given birth to a live child or a child registrable as still-born under the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965(2);

(e)a woman with a valid exemption certificate, issued under arrangements for exemptions from charges for drugs and appliances in England or Wales, on the ground that she is an expectant mother or has within the last 12 months given birth to a live child or a child registrable as still-born under the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953(3);

(f)a person with a valid exemption certificate on the ground that the person is suffering from one or more of the following conditions:—

(i)permanent fistula (including caecostomy, colostomy, laryngostomy or ileostomy) requiring continuous surgical dressing or an appliance;

(ii)forms of hypoadrenalism (including Addison’s disease) for which specific substitution therapy is required;

(iii)diabetes insipidus and other forms of hypopituitarism;

(iv)diabetes mellitus, except where treatment is by diet alone;

(v)hypoparathyroidism;

(vi)myasthenia gravis;

(vii)myxoedema;

(viii)epilepsy requiring continuous anti-convulsive therapy; or

(ix)a continuing physical disability which prevents a patient from leaving a residence without the help of another person;

(g)a person with a valid exemption certificate issued under arrangements for exemptions from charges for drugs and appliances in England or Wales;

(h)a person to whom the Secretary of State has issued a valid exemption certificate in respect of the supply of drugs and appliances for the treatment of accepted disablement but only in respect of those supplies to which the certificate relates;

(i)a person with a valid pre-payment certificate issued under arrangements having effect in England in respect of charges for drugs and appliances;

(j)a person who presents an English prescription form that relates to a supply, replacement or repair referred to in paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 11 to the Act, but only in respect of the supply, replacement or repair to which that paragraph relates;

(k)a person with a valid entitlement card.

(2) Except in the case of paragraph (1)(j) no exemption will be granted unless either—

(a)a declaration of entitlement to exemption on an English prescription form presented to a pharmacist is duly completed and signed by or on behalf of the person claiming the exemption; or

(b)in the case of paragraph (1)(k) the patient presents an English prescription form together with a valid entitlement card.

(3) A person who wishes to claim exemption under paragraph (1)(d) or (f) must apply to the Health Board for an exemption certificate on a form provided by the Board for that purpose.

(4) If the Health Board is satisfied that an applicant is entitled to exemption from charges under paragraph (1)(d), it must issue an exemption certificate which will have effect in the case of an expectant mother until the end of her pregnancy, and—

(a)where she gives birth to a child registrable as still-born under the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965, until the end of the period of 12 months beginning with the expected date of confinement; or

(b)in the case of a mother who has given birth to a live child, until the end of the period of 12 months beginning with the date of birth of that child.

(5) If a Health Board is satisfied that an applicant is entitled to exemption under paragraph (1)(f), it must issue an exemption certificate to the applicant which will have effect for such period as it may determine.

(6) A person who wishes to claim exemption under paragraph (1)(k) must apply to the Agency for an entitlement card on a form provided by the Agency for that purpose.

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

(8) The charges which may be made and recovered by virtue of these Regulations are subject to the provisions of the 2003 Regulations.

(1)

Paragraph 7 of Schedule 11 was inserted by the 1980 Act, section 26 and Schedule 5, paragraph 8.

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