Since 2005 Macmillan has campaigned in all four nations of the UK to overturn this tax on illness and end prescription charges.
We are delighted that the governments have listened to people affected by cancer and thank everyone who has supported this campaign. This success demonstrates that Macmillan is a force for change and we will continue to challenge the other unfair costs which people affected by cancer face.
Success across the UK
As a result of Macmillan’s campaigning, from April 2009 people with cancer in England no longer have to pay prescription charges
Patients can now apply for a prescription exemption form. Find out how to apply.
Prescriptions have been free of charge for everyone since April 2010.
Prescriptions in Scotland have been free since April 2011.
Prescription charges were abolished from April 2007.
Awards for our prescriptions campaign
This campaign has won high praise with three awards; Voluntary Sector Campaign of the Year, PA News Awards, Best Public Affairs Campaign and Best Not for Profit Campaign, CIPR. Find out more.