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.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
Prescription costs as of April 1 2018
- The current prescription charge is £8.80 (£17.60 per pair of elastic hosiery).
- A three monthly PPC is £29.10. This saves you money if you need three or more items in three months.
- A 12-month certificate is £104.00 and saves money if 13 or more items are needed in 12 months.
Prescription services helpline - 0300 330 1341
General Public - Buy or Renew a PPC On-line
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website