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.
Prices as of April 2017
- The current prescription charge is £9.15 per item (£17.20 per pair of elastic hosiery).
- A three monthly PPC is £29.65 and will save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months.
- A 12-month certificate is £105.90 and will save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year.
If you will have 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 £9.15, whereas a three month PPC will cost you £29.65 and a 12 month PPC £105.90.
Dental services helpline – 0300 330 1348
NHS Low Income Scheme helpline – 0300 330 1343
Prescription services helpline – 0300 330 1349
Queries about medical exemption certificates – 0300 330 1341
Queries about prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) – 0300 330 1341
Queries about tax credit certificates – 0300 330 1347
Call 0300 123 0849 to order a paper copy of the HC12, HC5 and HC1 (SC) forms
Call 0300 330 1343 for all other queries