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 that the Government has thought 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 Charges

These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.



Prescription (per item): £9.35

12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £108.10

3-month PPC: £30.25


If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in 3 months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.

You can purchase a prepayment certificate from your pharmacy.


Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030


For further information about prescription exemptions and fees click here

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