Prescription charges: are they worth it?

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While Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland have abandoned charges for prescriptions, in April the English saw prescription charges rise once again, to £8.05 (€10; $13.5) per prescribed item. Labour peer David Lipsey has suggested that the charges are, 'a dog’s dinner lacking any basis in fairness or logic and stuffed with anomalies and inconsistencies.' But apart from unfairness, illogicality, and anomalies, is there a fundamental problem with such charges?

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