Prescription 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 charge for a single prescription item is £8.80. 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.
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