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Prescription 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).

The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication. These can be obtained from pharmacies.

NHS charges

Click here to find out more about getting help with prescription costs.

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.

  • The current prescription charge is £9.15 per item (£17.60 per pair of elastic hosiery).
  • A 3 monthly PPC is £29.65 and will save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months.  
  • A 12-month certificate is £105.90 and will save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year.

Phone advice 0845 850 0030

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