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. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £8.40
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
- 3-month PPC: £29.10
- 10 x Monthly Direct Debit: £10.40 per month
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. Also some prescription medicines may be cheaper to buy 'over the counter'. If you are in any doubt have a chat with your pharmacist.
Certain patient groups are able to obtain prescriptions free of charge.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website