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.
From 1 April 2015, the charges are;
- Prescription per item is £8.20, whereas a three-month PPC will cost you £29.10 and a 12-month PPC is £104.00. To help spread the cost of a 12-month certificate, you can pay by direct debit with 10 monthly instalments.
It's easy to buy a PPC. You can:
- buy online – visit GOV.UK for more information
- phone 0300 330 1341
- fill in form FP95, which you can get from your pharmacy
- some pharmacies sell them direct
Further information can be found on the NHS Choices Website.