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.
Prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) are available in England and they can save you money.
Prescription costs as of April 1 2017
The current prescription charge is £9.15
- A three monthly PPC is £29.65. This saves you money if you need four or more items in three months.
- A 12 month certificate is £105.90 and saves money if 13 or more items are needed in 12 months.
Telephone advice and order line 0845 850 0030
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website