According to the British Medical Association, prescription charges should be abolished and England should follow the example of Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland where everyone can get prescriptions for free.
It warned that making patients pay for a prescription acts as a disincentive to them taking medications necessary for their health.
The Government is currently reviewing its payments system and is looking to add to the list of conditions currently exempt from payment.
At present, exempt conditions include people with type 1 diabetes, hypoparathyroidism, a permanent fistula like a colostomy which requires surgical dressing, and epilepsy that require continuous medication.
People aged 60 or over, under-16s, those aged 16 to 18 in full-time education, people on benefits and pregnant women are also exempt, and from next month cancer patients will also get free prescriptions, even for medication not related to their disease.
However, the BMA has called for all remaining charges to be axed, saying that the current system is 'outdated, iniquitous, and detrimental to the health of many patients'.