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.
These charges apply in England only. In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales prescriptions are free of charge.
As of 1st April 2017
- Prescription (per item): £8.60
- 3-month PPC: £29.10 - could save you money if you need more than 3 prescribed items in 3 months
- 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00 - could save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year
Find out more about the Prescription prepayment certificate
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website.