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 prescription charges
The current prescription charges are:
- Prescription: £8.40 per item (£16.80 per pair of elastic hosiery)
- 12-month prepayment certificate PPC: £104.00 and could save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year
- A 3-monthly PPC: £29.10 and could save you money if you need more than 3 prescribed items in three months
- If you will need 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. The charge for a single prescription item is £8.05, whereas a three month PPC will cost you £29.10 and a 12 month PPC £104.00.
- PPC's are available by 10 monthly direct debit instalment payments. The prescription prepayment certificates allow anyone to obtain all the prescriptions they need for £2 per week.
- PPC telephone advice line 0300 330 1341
- General Public - Buy or Renew a PPC On-line
If you need to access the services below then medicines are free:
- Medicines administered at a hospital or a NHS walk-in centre
- Prescribed contraceptives
- Medicines personally administered by a GP or provided via a Patient Group Direction (PGD)
- Medicines supplied at a hospital or clinical commissioning group (CCG) clinic for the treatment of a sexually transmitted infection, tuberculosis or for the treatment of a mental disorder for those subject to a supervised community treatment order
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website