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Questions over admin coasts raised in Assembly
Northern Ireland's health minister has raised the possibility of reintroducing a prescription charge to help pay for specialist and cancer medicines.

Edwin Poots has suggested that "a very small charge for every prescription with a maximum yearly payment for each person" be introduced. If the maximum charge were £25, the administration costs "would be very modest indeed."

The minister had tweeted the proposal in June, saying that a paper had been submitted to the first minister over a year ago. A statement issued subsequently suggested that the fee would be payable only by those who could afford to pay it.

At a question session on July 1 in the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr Poots said that administration costs would depend on how the fees would be introduced.

"Under the previous system, the costs would be higher because you would have to identify the 11% who would pay and the 89% who would not," he said. "Let us be very clear that, under the old system, 89% of prescriptions were free in any event; only 11% of prescriptions were paid for.

"One consequence, perhaps unenvisaged, of introducing free prescriptions was that it drove up the number of people who went to their doctor requesting prescriptions for things such as paracetamol, which costs 40p in a local supermarket."

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