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).

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.

  • Prescription (per item): £9.35

If you need more than 12 prescribed medicines each year, you could save money with a 12 month pre-payment certificate (PPC)

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

You can also buy a three month PPC which will save you money if you need more than three prescribed medicines in three months.

  • 3-month PPC: £30.25

Telephone order line and advice about PPCs - 0300 330 1341

General Public - Buy or Renew a PPC On-line

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

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