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Prescription Charges and Exemptions

 

CHARGES

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 charge for a single prescription item is £9.00. If you will need 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 Prepayment Certificate (PPC). A three-month PPC will cost you £29.10 and a 12-month PPC £104.00. You can buy or renew a PPC online by clicking on Buy or renew a PPC online. If necessary, you can call a PPC telephone advice line on 0300 330 1341.

 

FREE PRESCRIPTIONS

You can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:

  • are 60 or over
  • are under 16
  • are 16 to 18 and in full-time education
  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
  • have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
  • have a continuing physical disability that prevents you going out without help from another person and have a valid MedEx
  • hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
  • are an NHS inpatient

For other exemption conditions and further information, click on Am I entitled to free prescriptions?

 

 

Last updated: 16 December 2018

 

 

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