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. For up-to-date information visit the webpage: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Pages/Prescriptioncosts.aspx
Prescription costs as of 1st April 2015:
- The current prescription charge is £9.00
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00 and saves money if 13 or more items are needed in 12 months.
- 3-month PPC: £29.10. This saves you money if you need four or more items in three months.
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 www.nhs.uk