That is the problem nowadays. If you can't claim any benefits then you don't qualify to get free prescriptions or anything else. That is so wrong. It's either all or nothing. There should be a middle way. Of course you can't afford it so you shouldn't have to pay. My son has a 'season ticket' for prescriptions which means he only has to pay £29.10 every 3 months for all his prescriptions so the maximum a couple on regular medications should be paying is £58.20 every 3 months. I am not sure what the annual rate is.