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FAQ - Should I equalise my prescriptions?

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS

Question – I was always told to split the prescription items as equally between prescribers as possible in order to maximise our dispensing fee income. Is this still the case?

Answer - This was done because in the past the way in which the dispensing fee scale worked meant that this would maximise dispensing fee income. It was thought that generally speaking if you could equalise scripts relatively easily then it was best to do so.

However, from a couple of recent calculation shown below this isn’t always the case. In both of the examples below, based on 5000 scripts per month – equalising them actually loses dispensing fee income of between £55 and £77 per month.

Our advice would be not to bother with script randomisation.

Dispensing Fee Income

Equal Script Generation

5000 scripts 5 GPs

Equals 5000 x 2.048

£10,240.00

Uncontrolled Script Generation

GP A

1000

Equals 1000 x 2.048

£2,048.00

GP B

800

Equals 800 x 2.092

£1,673.60

GP C

600

Equals 600 x 2.145

£1,287.00

GP D

2000

Equals 2000 x 2.011

£4,022.00

GP E

600

Equals 600 x 2.145

£1,287.00

5000

Total

£10,317.60

Uncontrolled Script Generation

GP A

1000

Equals 1000 x 2.048

£2,048.00

GP B

800

Equals 800 x 2.092

£1,673.60

GP C

1000

Equals 1000 x 2.048

£2,048.00

GP D

1300

Equals 1300 x 2.048

£2,662.40

GP E

900

Equals 900 x 2.070

£1,863.00

5000

Total

£10,295.00