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.
Since 1 April 2020, the charges are:
- Prescription (per item): £9.35
- 3-month PPC: £30.25
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £108.10
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 13 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC. The telephone advice and order line can be contacted on 0845 850 0030.
Find out if you are entitled to free NHS prescriptions and help with other NHS costs using the eligibility checker. Click here.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website