Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). Currently the following are exempt from charges:
- Men and women over 60 years
- People under 16 years
- People under 19 years in full time education
- Pregnant women and mothers up to one year after the birth
- People on income support or family credit
- People suffering from epilepsy, diabetes, hypothyroidism, diabetes insipidus, Addison's disease, myasthenia gravis.
For other patients the NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which Government has thought it reasonable to charge those who can afford to pay for their medicines. If you have to pay for prescriptions, and if you need extensive medication, prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings- see leaflet P11 for details.
The charges are:
- Prescription (per item): £8.20
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
- 3-month PPC: £29.10
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
For more information:
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website