Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
There are arrangements in place to help patients who may have difficulty paying NHS charges such as prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs.
The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which the Government thinks is a fair charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need a lot of medication regularly
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £9.65 as at April 2019
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £111.60
- 3-month PPC: £31.25
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website