Today (21 February) the Government announced a cut to the cost of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) saving women who suffer from negative symptoms of menopause hundreds of pounds.
Around 15 per cent of women aged 45 to 64 in England are currently prescribed HRT as part of menopause treatment according to the Department of Health. The Government’s plan will introduce prescription pre-payment certificates for Hormone Replacement Therapy which will reduce the cost of HRT to less than £20 a year.
Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, said “I am pleased the Government have listened to the concerns of those women suffering with menopause and is taking action to ensure women can access the HRT they need.
“By making HRT cheaper this will not only improve access to treatment but also Improve menopausal and perimenopausal women’s quality of life.”
From 1 April 2023 patches, tablets and topical preparations can all be accessed with no limit on how many times the pre-payment certificate can be used while valid.
It follows the publication of the Government’s women’s health strategy for England last summer.
Minister for Women Maria Caulfield said: “Around three-quarters of women will experience menopause symptoms, with one-quarter experiencing severe symptoms, which can seriously impact their quality of life.
“Reducing the cost of HRT is a huge moment for improving women’s health in this country, and I am proud to be announcing this momentous step forward.
“In our Women’s Health Strategy, we made menopause a top priority – by making HRT more accessible, we’re delivering on our commitment to women.”