Prescriptions Fees 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.
NHS Prescription Charges
From 1 April 2019, the charges are:
- Prescription (per item): £9.00
- A three monthly Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) is £29.10 and will save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months.
- A 12-month PPC is £104.00 and will save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year.
- PPCs are available by 10 monthly direct debit instalment payments. The prescription prepayment certificates allow anyone to obtain all the prescriptions they need for £2 per week.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
People with certain medical conditions and situations can get free medical NHS prescriptions. Please see this link for further information on free prescriptions and exemptions.