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Document Is a member of the armed forces classed as exempt from prescription charges?

If a prescription is issued on a FMed296 form and is handed in to the pharmacy on the base, then it is free of charge for the patient.

If the patient obtains their medication on the FMed296 from a Ministry of Defence (MoD) contracted high street pharmacy, then an invoice for services is sent directly to the MoD rather than requiring the individual service person to pay.
If the patient obtains their medication on the FMed296 from a Non-MoD contracted high street pharmacy they will be expected to pay the full cost for each item on the FMed form. It is then up to individuals to recover any costs through their military unit, if entitled. This will depend on them having had prior authorisation to use a non-contracted pharmacy.
If the service person presents an FP10 to a pharmacy, they will normally be required to pay the prescription charge, taking into account any standard NHS exemption criteria. An itemised receipt should be provided. Costs can then be reclaimed by the individual from the MoD because current arrangements exempt service personnel from prescription charges.


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