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Table 5: Prescription charges, England, 1949 - 2010
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 Year (a)Cash cost of a prescription Real cost of a prescription (2009/10 prices)
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Historical
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19490
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1952One shilling per form (one shilling per item 1954)
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197120p per item$2.05
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Conservative (Thatcher/Major)
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1979 baseline (April 1979)20p70p
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1979Increased to 45p in July 1979$1.57
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1980Increased to 70p in April 1980, followed by annual increases$2.07
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1997Increased to £5.65 in April 1997, just before Labour came to power$7.28
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Labour (Blair/Brown)
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1997 baseline (April 1997)$5.65 $7.28
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2010£7.20 in April 2010$7.01
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Source: Authors' calculations (using GDP deflators from HM Treasury (2011a) with reference year changed to 2009/10_ and data published in Hitiris (2000: Table 1) and Hansard Written Statements (2010).
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Notes:
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a. Treating the years as financial years, e.g. April 1979 as a financial year 1979/80
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b. Annual growth rate is calculated by dividing the real percentage increase over the period by the number of years in that period
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Hansard Written Statements (2010), Health, 25 Mar 2010: Column 59WS, available: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmhansrd/cm100325/wmstext/100325m0003.htm (accessed November 2012)
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Hitiris T. (2000) Prescription Charges In The United Kingdom: A Critical Review, Discussion Papers in Economics Department of Economics and Related Studies No. 2000/04,
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www.york.ac.uk/media/economics/documents/discussionpapers/2000/0004.pdf
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HM Treasury (2011a), Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses July 2011, available: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/pespub_pesa_july11_natstats.htm, (accessed April 2012)
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