Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
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.
The current prescription charge is £8.05 (from 1st April 2014)
Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). To check if you fit the criteria for exemption speak to your local pharmacy for advcie.
Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication. If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.
- 3-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £29.10
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
If you are interested in a PPC then please speak to your local pharmacy for details.