A new HRT prescriptions scheme to provide improved access to menopause support in England is set to benefit around 400,000 women. It aims to make treatment options more accessible, as well as help patients save potentially hundreds of pounds. This move will ensure that women can receive the care and attention they need during this important, and often traumatic life transition.
Here, we take a closer look at the new scheme, and how menopausal check-ups can help women to manage the symptoms of menopause.
What is the HRT prescriptions scheme?
Starting on April 1, 2023, a new scheme will be introduced in England to make menopause treatment more affordable. Women who are prescribed Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), will be able to access a year’s worth of HRT prescription items for the cost of two single prescription charges. This currently amounts to just £18.70.
The scheme, known as the Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC), is part of the government’s commitment to reducing the cost of HRT for women during the menopause. The PPC will be valid for 12 months and can be used against a list of HRT prescription items including patches, tablets, and topical preparations. There will be no limit to the number of times the certificate can be used while it is valid.
In addition to reducing the cost of HRT prescriptions, the government is also working with suppliers to encourage and support them in meeting the growing demand for menopause treatment. These steps are being taken to improve access to HRT for women, ensuring they can receive the care they need during this important stage of life.
How many women are prescribed HRT?
Approximately 15% of women aged 45 to 64 in England are currently prescribed hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This percentage has risen rapidly over the past two years, up from around 11%.
Due to growing demand, an HRT Task Force made recommendations to the government, which have now been accepted. These recommendations included encouraging and supporting manufacturers to boost supply, and to issue serious shortage protocols (SSPs) when necessary to ensure that distribution is evened out. This will involve dispensing alternative products as needed and reducing the need for patients to return to their GP.
Undergoing a menopause check
At SureScan, we are committed to providing women with the support they need during the menopause. That’s why we offer a comprehensive menopause health check that we recommend women attend at least once a year.
Our menopause health check involves a consultation with one of our expert Consultant Gynaecologists. They can perform a wide range of health checks including, but not limited to, blood pressure checks, abdominal and pelvic examinations, advice on hormone replacement therapy (HRT), blood tests, and ovarian and cervical screening. We believe that these health checks are essential for women to maintain good health and well-being.
If you’re interested in finding out more about our menopause health check or booking an appointment, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. We are here to support you every step of the way.