Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

cardExtensive 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.

NHS charges

These charges apply in England only.

In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.pre payment

  • Prescription (per item): £9.35 (effective 1st April 2020)

  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £108.10

  • 3-month PPC: £30.25

If you have to pay for 4 or more prescription items in three months or more than 15 items in a year, you may find it cheaper to buy a Pre-Payment Certificate

For more information:

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website

updated 29/04/2020

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