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.
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website
Prescription Prepayment Certificates
A Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) lets you get as many NHS prescriptions as you need for a set price.
If you regularly pay prescription charges, a PPC could save you money. The prescription charge in England is £9.15 per item. This will increase to £9.35 from 1 April. A PPC costs:
- £29.65 for 3 months – this will increase to £30.25 from 1 April
- £105.90 for 12 months – this will increase to £108.10 from 1 April
The quickest way to buy a PPC is to buy it online or telephone the advice and order line on 0300 330 1341.
For more information of on Prescription Prepayment Certificates please visit the Prescription Prepayment Certificates website.
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