Prescription Charges & Exemptions
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription & 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 thir medicines. Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales precriptions are free of charge.
- Prescription (per item): £7.65
- 12 month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
- 3 month PPC: £29.10
If you have to pay for 4 or more prescription items in 3 months OR more than 15 items in 12 months then you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS Website