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Document Does a current member of the Armed Forces pay for their prescription?

If the patient obtains their medication on the FMed296 from a Ministry of Defence (MoD) contracted high street pharmacy, an invoice for services is sent directly to the MoD for payment; the patient doesn’t pay.

If the patient obtains their medication on the FMed296 from a Non-MoD contracted high street pharmacy they have to pay the full cost for each item on the FMed form. It’s then up to patient to recover any costs through their military unit, if entitled. This will depend on them having prior authorisation to use a non-contracted pharmacy.

If the patient presents an FP10 to a pharmacy, they’re normally required to pay the prescription charge, taking into account any standard NHS exemption criteria. An itemised receipt should be provided and any costs can then be reclaimed by the individual from the MoD because current arrangements exempt existing service personnel from NHS prescription charges.

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